Snow Preparation: Things to Know

UPDATE: NO EMERGENCY HAS BEEN CALLED AS A RESULT OF THIS STORM. PLOW OPERATORS WILL CLEAR SNOW IN AREAS WHERE AN ENTIRE LENGTH OF VEHICLES HAVE BEEN MOVED BUT THAT IS VOLUNTARY NOT MANDATORY.

In anticipation of the potential snow forecast for today and tomorrow we have a few tips to think about, please take caution. As of now, this storm is forecast with heavy snow starting on today and continuing through to early tomorrow morning. Please stay tuned for notification system alerts, website and Facebook posts and media releases which will keep you informed, if necessary.

If it falls as stated, it is possible a snow emergency could be called: 1. Please plan to remove your vehicles from Village streets if the snow comes as expected. If an emergency is called, all vehicles MUST be removed or they will be ticketed and towed. If you are away or sick and unable to move your vehicle, please contact family or friends ahead of time to see if they will move it for you. Any dumpsters or unattached trailers must be removed today (they should have been off the street by now anyway). 2. If your vehicle is ticketed and towed, you can report to the Parking Violations Bureau at the Village Offices, 20 Clinton Street to start the process of reclaiming it. You will be expected to pay $50 for the ticket and $75 for the tow before you can claim your vehicle. Note that this fee is probably increasing later week. Please treat them with respect and even thank them for their dedication, they have nothing to do with the ticket or tow. 3. In the event we get snow but an emergency is NOT called, it is still a good idea to voluntarily remove your vehicles from the streets so that plows can move snow back to the curb and create more space for emergency vehicles to get through and open up parking spaces for you and your neighbors as well. 4. Municipal parking lots will be available for parking during an emergency but please do not park in them until DPW has cleared them out beforehand. The Ford parking lot area on the east side (closest to the river) is available anytime at your own risk of being plowed in. All other lots will be barricaded until DPW clears them for emergency parking. Municipal lots include Lafayette Park, lot on south side of Cornerstone Housing (next to Green Island Bridge), 11 Hudson Avenue, Dudley Avenue near the Little League and the former Ford Motor Company lot. 5. If you have not signed up for alerts yet, please do so now by contacting micheleb@villageofgreenisland.com, 518-273-2201 or coming to the Village Office to sign up. Better to do that now rather than visit the office to pay a ticket and tow after (we would rather you sign up). 6. Be safe out there, especially when shoveling heavy snow. Please remember that Village Code requires owners and tenants to clear their sidewalks of snow within 24 hours of the end of the storm. 7. Please check on your family, friends and neighbors throughout, especially the elderly, to be sure they are okay. 8. As always, call 911 in the event of any emergency.

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