Address: 50 Washington Avenue, Dumont, NJ 07628
OEM Coordinator: Police Chief Brian Joyce
OEM Deputy Coordinator: Police Officer Daniel Molinaro
General Description of Duties:
"Preservation of life and property of the residents of the Borough of Dumont and surrounding municipalities."
Borough of Dumont Ordinances Pertaining to Snow Removal
Traffic and Parking
Chapter 21-18 Parking prohibited on snow-covered streets. Whenever snow has fallen and the accumulation is such that it covers any street or highway in the Borough, no vehicle shall be parked on any street or highway until after the snow has ceased and the street or highway has been plowed sufficiently and to the extent that parking will not interfere with the natural flow of traffic.
Streets and Sidewalks
According to Chapter #380-16A: The owner or tenant in possession of any lands abutting or bordering upon the sidewalks of public streets shall remove or cause to be removed from, on and along the abutting sidewalks of said streets all snow and ice within 12 hours of daylight.
Chapter #380-42F: It shall be unlawful for any person to: Throw snow or ice on the traveled portion of any road or sidewalk before or after same has been cleaned or plowed, or to pile snow in front of any crosswalk so as to obstruct same in an extraordinary way.
Chapter #216-2B(7): Fire hydrant clearance. All persons owning property contiguous to a fire hydrant shall remove all snow within an area of five feet of such fire hydrant.
Winter Weather Driving Tips
The following is a list of general winter weather preparedness tips:
- Travel Items to Include: All cars should be equipped with road maps, a cell phone, a shovel, a windshield scraper, a towrope, booster cables, and a brightly colored cloth to use as a distress signal. A bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter to spread under tires if stuck in snow is also recommended.
- Proper Travel Notification: Drivers should inform someone that they are taking a trip, where they are going, the routes that will be traveled and when they are expected to return. Upon reaching their destination, drivers should call to report arrival. If traveling a long distance, please remember to fill up on fuel prior to making your trip. While traveling, stop frequently to refill the fuel tank. The breaks will help drivers stay alert.
- On the Road: Always follow the rules of the road and adhere to the following guidelines:
- Always buckle your seat belt.
- Brake properly to avoid skidding. If driving on snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently. Begin braking early when approaching an intersection.
- If the vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until regaining traction, and then straighten the vehicle. For vehicles with antilock brakes, apply steady pressure.
- Visibility and speed:
- In fog, drive with headlights set on dim or use fog lights.
- In rain, fog, snow or sleet, stay within the limits of your vision. If it is too difficult to see, pull off the road and stop.
- Drive slowly and increase following distance. Vehicle speed should adjust for conditions and match the flow of traffic.
- Watch for slick spots. Be physically and mentally prepared to react.