Officials discuss snowstorm preparedness

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Jersey Central Power & Light has completed more than $700,000 worth of upgrades to local infrastructure after being approached by officials following long-term power outages experienced in the borough in recent years, especially during minor weather events. [FILE PHOTO/THE OCEAN STAR]

POINT PLEASANT — As more winter storms continue to wreak havoc across the state, borough officials are discussing measures undertaken to ensure the safety of residents.

“Our employees do a great job. Mayor [Robert] Sabosik and the council are in constant contact with the department of public works as well. When a significant weather event happens, like a major snowstorm, it takes everyone cooperating to make sure the job gets done,” Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci Jr. told The Ocean Star.

“I am also constantly talking with [DPW Superintendent] Bob Forsyth and [Roads Supervisor] Jude Walker to make sure we have everything we need … the amount of equipment and material it takes to be prepared is impressive.

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“We operate 18 plow trucks, including dump trucks, roll-off trucks, pickups and other vehicles, three V-Box salt sanders, 22 employees that work during these events, four employees exclusively maintaining borough properties. Our salt dome holds over 550 tons of salt that is always fully stocked — it takes approximately 50 tons of salt to salt each municipal street once — and two mechanics maintaining the fleet and equipment. It’s a big operation to manage, but we all do it as a team from bottom to top.”

Councilman Joseph Furmato Jr., chairman of the council’s public works committee, spoke further about the plowing process crews undertake during a winter storm event.

“Jude Walker tells me that they usually begin to plow the streets between two and three inches of snowfall and during a fast-moving light snowfall, they get out between three and six inches. Our crews can plow every municipal street in approximately six to 10 hours and salt them within three to four hours. Obviously, larger snowstorms would increase those times, but our crews are up to the challenge and always come through,” he said.

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