Good morning, Frenchtown.

Whew! Looks like our wonderful town dodged another bullet.

I just spoke with DPW Manager Mike Reino who told me that most of the roads
in town are in pretty good shape. Overnight crews made several passes
through town with the plow and this morning’s priority is getting salt down
to keep what’s there from getting treacherous as temperatures stay well
below freezing.

Thank you to Mike and his crew, to Chief Al and the Frenchtown PD, Captain
Mike and the volunteer firefighters and our OEM chief Karen for staying on
the job and on the alert.

Thank you, too, to the residents who volunteered to act as snow captains
for their blocks. Happily we won’t have to mobilize a big effort to clear
feet of snow from around parked cars curb to curb. I ask those captains to
keep their hats on the peg, though, in case we need to do something like
that next time. (We may even be able to use the block captain system for
other communications… have to think that through.)

Meanwhile, as things return to normal (Frenchtown style, anyway), I want to
remind you of the long-standing Borough ordinance that requires property
owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a storm. Other than
in the business district, you can’t shovel the snow into the street… it has
to be moved onto your lawn, flower bed (good for the petunias they tell me)
or elsewhere.

Stay warm, stay safe, appreciate the beauty of where we live, and (if you
can avoid going to work)… top ‘o the list: have fun! I see a carrot-nosed
snowman and an igloo in your future.

Warren Cooper, Mayor
Borough of Frenchtown

Borough Hall
29 Second St.
Frenchtown, NJ 08825
908-996-4524 (office)
908-229-4822 (cell)