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Harrison Mayor Explains Snow Removal Process For Winter-Weary Residents

Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont.
Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont. Photo Credit: File

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont writes a weekly column that is being reprinted in the Daily Voice.

It appears this winter season may bring repeated snowstorms with significant accumulations.

I would like to bring your attention to a general description of how our Department of Public Works removes snow from our municipal roadways.

Winter weather can be challenging for everyone. Our goal is maintaining safety for motorists and residents.

DPW crews work diligently to keep essential traffic moving while returning all streets to safe and passable conditions. When snowfall begins, crews are deployed to salt the main roads. This enables traffic to keep moving and prevents the snow from sticking to the roadway.

Plowing begins when accumulation reaches approximately two inches. DPW attempts to plow curb to curb during each storm.

Once snowfall begins to diminish, crews begin post-storm salt application.

Please remember homeowners or occupants are responsible for keeping sidewalks, in front of or adjacent to their building, free from snow and ice. It’s hazardous for pedestrians to walk into the street to avoid a snow-covered sidewalk. For that reason, your cooperation is essential in keeping pedestrians safe as they use public walkways.

As you can imagine, plowing and salting our local streets can be a challenge. It involves coordinating crews and route supervisors who oversee plowing activities and support personnel. These tasks often take a significant amount of time to execute and are performed during severe weather conditions.

Please do your best to remove your car from the street, shovel your sidewalk, avoid shoveling snow into the roadway and clear fire hydrants. Your patience and cooperation is critical and is greatly appreciated.

It’s time, once again, for the Town/Village of Harrison’s annual Art of the Young Child exhibit. This is the thirty-fifth year that Harrison's Council of the Arts has sponsored this program, which features artwork from our community’s public and private school students.

The opening reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 in Town Hall, 1 Heineman Place.

My office recently was notified by Yellowbook that they will deliver their phone book to Westchester residents beginning in April.

Residents who no longer want to receive the directory can opt-out by visiting www.yellowpagesoptout.com . Should you need any additional information, please call 1-800-929-3556.

I would like to take this time to recognize the Harrison High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams. Both teams participated in the Dapper McDonald Basketball Classic last weekend.

Congratulations to the girls team for their second-place finish and to the boys team for taking home first place. You should all be very proud of this impressive achievement.

In closing, the next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Feb. 13. I will be at Harrison Pizza, located at 248 Halstead Ave. in downtown Harrison.

On Friday, Feb. 20, I will be at Aria, located at 385 Halstead Ave. in downtown Harrison. I will be at these locations from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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