February 3, 2016
The "Big Blizzard" of 2016 is behind us. We came through it just fine. Yes, we lost a lot of sand; yes, our rocks are exposed. But we had no breaches and we had no flooding from the ocean side.
I can't say enough good things about how we prepared for this event. Our Office of Emergency Management team, led by Kelley Mickle, did a superb job of preparing, tracking, and communicating about the storm. Our police, led by Chief Robert Hoffman, constantly patrolled our streets and informed us of trouble spots. Our fire department, led by Chief Joe Todisco, stood by on "fire alert" the entire weekend. And our three person Public Works Department, led by Chip Tillson, did an exemplary job of keeping our streets open in spite of the heavy, wet snowfall and high gusty winds that made plowing that much more difficult. They were on the road non-stop the entire weekend and remained on duty after the storm cleaning up.
To all elected officials, clergy, business owners, and property managers, we thank you for your help and cooperation during the storm and after in the cleanup. And to Borough Clerk, Patty Applegate, for remaining on duty and on call during and after the storm.
Finally, a big, big thank you to all our residents who followed our instructions and moved their cars off the streets, and out of traditional flood prone areas so we could plow, for staying home and off the streets during the storm, and for essentially staying out of the way. Your cooperation was a big reason why things went so smoothly.
Our temperatures are unseasonably warm right now but don't get complacent. Winter is not over! Continue to do what is necessary to be prepared for the next weather event. Let's hope it doesn't come but if it does, be prepared.
That's all for now. Until the next time, stay warm, stay safe, and keep smiling.
|Borough of Bay Head