From the desk of Mayor J. Nolan Higgins. . .
BOROUGH WIDE CLEANUP DAY, MAY 16TH
I am pleased to invite all our Borough residents to participate in the fourth annual Mayor’s Cleanup Day to be held on Saturday, May 16th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
During the week of May 11th, residents will be permitted to discard up to five (5) bulk items on each of their two trash collections day that week.
On Cleanup Day, containers will be placed at the Public Works Yard located a 161 Center Street and the Park Avenue School, 280 Park Avenue, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Free paper shredding services will be available at Borough Hall from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for residents to safely dispose of their unwanted papers and documents.
This year, the Freehold Borough Educational Foundation will again be collecting used and outgrown bicycles to be donated to local Borough children. Bikes may be dropped off at the Freehold Learning Center or the Park Avenue School from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Please feel free to call 732 462-4200 if you have any questions regarding Cleanup Day.
Leaf collection is currently underway in the Borough, and will continue until all leaves have been picked up. You may place the leaves in neat piles at the curb, or you may place them in clear plastic bags.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THE INTERSECTION OF CENTER STREET & JACKSON STREET IS NOW A FOUR WAY STOP INTERSECTION. PLEASE PROCEED ATTENTIVELY AND WITH CAUTION. THANK YOU.
TREE PLANTING PROGRAM
Freehold Borough will be planting shade trees this Spring to replace the trees which were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. There is no charge for this service. Any resident who would like to have trees planted on their property should contact Daniel Megill at 732 462-4200 for more information.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM JCP&L – “CALL BEFORE YOU DIG”
The Federally mandated national phone number, 811, helps prevent you from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines. Before you begin projects that involve digging, dial “811″ to locate underground electric, gas or other utility lines. Digging without this information can cause power outages, and its extremely dangerous.
Simply tell the 811 Operator where you’re planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing, and your local utility companies will be notified. Within a few days, they will mark the location of underground lines. Please call at least three days in advance to avoid unnecessary delays to your project. Know what’s below — Call Before You Dig! For more information, visit www.call811.com.
Public Safety Notes . . .
Please make every effort to remove your vehicle(s) from the road in order to give the snowplows an opportunity to clear as much snow as possible.
For residential properties, the sidewalks must be cleared of ice and snow within 24 hours after the snowfall has ended. For non-residential properties, the sidewalks must be cleared within 12 hours after the snowfall has ended.
When streets are snow covered, vehicles may not be parked on any major road in Freehold Borough until the snow has stopped falling, and the streets have been plowed to the extent that parking will not interfere with the regular flow of traffic.
Do not deposit ice or snow in the roadways.
For your personal health and safety . . .
Be sure all cell phones are fully charged.
Keep an emergency supply of water and nonperishable food items on hand, as well as any prescriptions and medications you may need.
Include a flashlight, portable radio, extra batteries, blankets and a first aid kit in your emergency supplies.
Check on elderly family members and neighbors frequently.
If it necessary for you to leave your home during a snowstorm, be sure a family member or friend knows how to contact you in an emergency.
Remember to provide food, water, and any medications necessary for your pets.
Around your home and yard. . .
Residents are asked to clear all snow away from any fire hydrants which are located near their homes and businesses. In this way, firefighters will be able to locate the hydrants more quickly in the event of a fire.
Basketball hoops, soccer nets, and any other equipment or debris which has been placed in the roadway must be removed from the street in order for the snowplows to clear the roads.
Please be sure the storm drains near your property are cleared of leaves and debris in order to allow for proper drainage as the ice and snow melt.
Be sure your oil tank is full, and have portable generators, flashlights and lanterns ready to use.
If you do not want to be “plowed in” after you shovel your driveway, please follow the New Jersey DOT instructions attached.