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Snow Job

Matt’s bragging again.

I know Belmar always does the bestest, most fantastic job of everything, but just for yucks I decided to take a ride this morning and see how some of our neighboring towns are doing one week after the storm.

First stop Spring Lake:

Sheesh! What are they doing over there?

Next stop Sea Girt:

Somewhere under there is a sidewalk.  Very poor job guys.

We now go to Manasquan:

Somebody should be fired for this!

And finally Point Pleasant:

I give up.


(Reprint with permission of the Coast Star)


  1. callmecynical wrote:

    Hey, at least the omnipotent mayor did not claim that he caused the snowfall to cease.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 8:51 am | Permalink
  2. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Spring Lake and Sea Girt only require sidewalk snow clearing in business districts.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Is there a public sidewalk ordinance that includes clearance/removal of snow, ice and debris in Belmar? If so how about glaciers impeding motorist’s triangulation vision of oncoming traffic/pedestrians?

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:29 am | Permalink
  4. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    You’re killing me!

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:32 am | Permalink
  5. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #3 – Years ago when I lived up in NYC, I signed up for snow clearance for the Dept. of Sanitation. I worked 10 hrs. and my job was shoveling the street corners on a block so people (once we got done with a corner we’d move to the next corner and do that one) could walk across the street without there being big mounds of snow there. I didn’t get paid until June or July though.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    “Down to a science” ??? That’s funny !
    Belmar is barely one square mile. Common sense and competence should be able to guide the town regarding snow cleanup – not science.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
  7. callmecynical wrote:

    What frustrates me is walking down a cleared sidewalk to a corner that is blocked in by piled up snow, then having to backtrack and go out to the street through someone’s driveway, if possible. If there is a rule regarding clearing sidewalks, why not go a step further and state that the walk through to the street on both sides, if a corner, should be cleared as well. That would be common sense.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:15 pm | Permalink
  8. OLD MAN wrote:

    The DPW workers get paid a very handsome salary. Salary includes rate per hour, pension costs, fica taxes paid by town, futa taxes paid by town, OT, health costs paid by town, paid sick leave, paid vacation etc. They better do a good job of clearing the damn streets.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Are Beach Utility funds being used?

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
  10. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #7 – That’s exactly what I meant. The DPW guys do okay but we understand it’s all about them driving plows. They’re not going to take it well to be asked to shovel the 4 corners at the end of each block. So hire young guys who want the job but make them supply their own shovels (otherwise the shovels would grow legs and disappear if the town provided them). They could also shovel down high mounds at the corners that interfere with drivers vision.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Permalink
  11. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    the DPW does a good job with the snow plows …. the Code Red order to move cars is ineffective.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm | Permalink
  12. Bill Merkler wrote:

    The DPW does an amazing job in the snow! Hats off to Mike Campbell and his crew.

    Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:33 am | Permalink
  13. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #12 – Sir, the DPW does an okay job. What thae won’t do is take shovels in their hands (I think we can agree on that)to shovel pathways at the corners or level out the mounds bloking the vision of drivers proceeding into intersections. That’s why the town should hire young guys who want to do that wurk at the corners.

    Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:23 am | Permalink
  14. Steve Lemoine wrote:

    The DPW did a terrible job on my block. They left so much snow on both sides of the street that cars could not park on the street.

    Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink
  15. Bill Merkler wrote:

    (13)Tom, unfortunately I am out on the roads in the snow for the past 30 years. Belmar was a disaster when I would return home after plowing for days on end, until Mike Cambell took over. I will give you that corners are not the greatest, but the snow removal is top notch every where else. Top 3 towns I drive in during the storms.

    Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Does Avon-by-the-Sea DPW shovel crosswalk intersections and handicapped sidewalk entrances?

    Friday, January 12, 2018 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  17. OLD MAN wrote:

    #12 What’s up ???

    Friday, January 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  18. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #15 – I acknowledged the DPW did an okay job. What I was talking about is the act of putting ones hands on a actual shovel. Obviously, the younger members of the DPW would have to be heavily sedated if asked to do such a thing (I think we can all agree thae wouldn’t take it well). It was the corners I was talking about for through foot traffic (yes, people actually do walk even nowadays) and drivers vision.

    Friday, January 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm | Permalink
  19. Tulip wrote:

    The people in Avon do not shovel the DPW does it. Their garbage is picked up at the back yard entrance. No can rolling around in streets. It is @ very nice place to live.

    Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:48 am | Permalink
  20. Me too wrote:

    #7 After the sidewalk is shoveled the plow goes by and undoes all of the work that was done on the corner. You can’t expect people to wait on the corner and clear it everytime a plow goes by.

    Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:43 am | Permalink
  21. Guest wrote:

    Thank you DPW workers for performing the job you are well paid to do.

    Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9:33 am | Permalink

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