MIDDLETOWN, NJ – To ensure the safety of Middletown’s school children and pedestrians, the Township Committee has added some teeth to the Township’s snow removal ordinances. The amount of time property owners have to clear snow and ice from sidewalks is 24 hours from the end of the snowfall with enhanced penalties for property owners in school zones who do not clear their sidewalks in a timely fashion.
Further, the amount of time Township business owners or other properties generally open to the public with handicapped parking spaces have to remove snow and ice from the parking spaces, curb cuts and other areas related to the provision of such access has been reduced from 48 to 24 hours. Failure to comply with the ordinance can result penalties consisting of fines of up to $2,000, 90 days imprisonment and/or community service. Regulations will be strictly enforced in school zones, and where access is required for disabled individuals under these strengthened regulations. Enhanced enforcement only allows for issuance of a single warning before citations are mandatorily imposed. Special liens or assessments may be placed on your property if the Township is required to ensure the public’s safety by clearing snow and ice to allow for pedestrian access if not timely addressed by the responsible parties.