Mayor: Village Crews Continuing to Clear Snow, Making Roads 'Passable'

Note from Mayor Margot Garant on the state of the village of Port Jefferson's continuing recovery from the blizzard.

Village crews worked throughout the night and have minimally opened up each road in the village so they are "passable." They continue to work with emergency and power outage streets as the priority.

Payloaders were used to remove snow from major intersections and roadway blockages and are now continuing their work in the parking lots. The sidewalk contractor is back today and continues to work on snow removal from sidewalks.

This has been a major blizzard dumping record levels of wet snow in record time. Mobilization efforts went into effect immediately, but the amount of snow and the pace at which it came down was very difficult to manage.

We ask all residents to please be patient, check on your neighbors and senior citizen friends. Please stay home if possible so we can ensure the safety of our Village and continue our work. Village Center and skating are closed today. All Village facilities will be open tomorrow.

For emergencies, please call code at (631) 774-0066 and highway continues to dispatch calls today until 4 p.m. after which the entire crew will be going home to get a proper rest.

Mayor Garant

Brian February 10, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Any update regarding Highlands Blvd? It was impassible last night. Hoping it is being worked on today so we can all get out and go to work tomorrow!
Johnny February 10, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Not one plow has been on shady tree lane since Friday. Road not passable.
Rick February 10, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Wouldn't it be great if we had something like Chicago's plow tracker: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/iframe/plow_tracker.html Then, it would show the Village which streets haven't been plowed, or when it was plowed last. It would also give us tax payin' citizens some idea of what the rate of progress is!
Jennifer February 10, 2013 at 04:37 PM
The roads in port Jeff station have not seen a plow at all
Cookie February 10, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Port Jeff residents are fortunate to have a mayor that appears to be on top of things. We have a town that seems to be ill equipped to deal with this major blizzard. Not one plow has been on any secondary road in Pt. Jeff St. It is a horrific scene when people are so isolated and can't get out at all. As a single, senior, I only hope I don't have an emergency situation. I realize that people were stranded on major roads and needed help...... yet, we all knew the storm was coming.... what preparations were made??? apoparently, none. We should all take a lesson from the governor in Mass.
Rick February 10, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Given the crews are said to be going home at "4 pm" to get a "proper rest", perhaps we should take a lesson from power companies, and consider contractors to fill the gaps at times when we have equipment, but not enough staff to operate it. Removal efforts should be 24x7 in a storm like this one - on the first night of the storm, I don't recall hearing any plows past 9 pm. The street we live on is cleared continuously due to its proximity to the fire department, HS, and village hall. I was left wondering if the light effort the night of the storm contributed to the harder removal issue 2 days later.
Mels Ditties February 11, 2013 at 02:06 AM
What happened to the contractor who was paid to clean the sidewalks?....
Rick February 11, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Don't know, but the use of contractors/consultants is pretty widespread in industry where special skills and/or peak labor need arises. Good supervision helps a lot, of course.
Mels Ditties February 11, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Rick...I have no problem with the use of contractors to do the job..it increases the workforce only when you need them & can save $$...I DO, however, have a problem with contractors who don't do the job, OR, do a lousy job...What I have on my hands now is snow that is hard as a rock and virtually impossible to shovel....
Annie Gurl February 11, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Any idea if this has been plowed YET?
Rick February 11, 2013 at 03:12 AM
It would make sense to bring your complaint to the next village meeting and ask questions about why the work wasn't performed satisfactorily. There may be some simple, understandable reason, or not. But you won't know until and unless you ask.
Mels Ditties February 11, 2013 at 03:22 AM
UPDATE: they did come thru early evening and made a one, one & a half person path...


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