Snow Emergency Declared – Begins January 19, 2019 at 9:00pm
Snow Emergency Proclamation
I, Robert G. Rolison, Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie, NY, pursuant to Section 13-2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Poughkeepsie, hereby declare a snow emergency effective at 9:00pm on the 19th day of January, 2019. It is predicted that the public health and safety will be endangered by the accumulations of snow on the public streets and highways of the City of Poughkeepsie. The accumulation of snow, coupled with the cold and wind, will make made snow removal significantly difficult. Vehicles parked on the public roadways will hamper the City’s ability to address this pressing issue.
All vehicles must be removed from City of Poughkeepsie streets by no later than 9:00pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019. I hereby direct all departments and agencies to take whatever steps necessary to enforce this order, including the towing of vehicles that remain on city streets after this order becomes effective. This order shall continue until further notice.
Robert G. Rolison
Snow Emergency Information
In preparation for the series of snow storms forecast to begin Saturday evening and continuing through Sunday, January 20th, the City asks that all residents take note of the following:
- We encourage residents to find alternative off-street parking or to park their vehicles in public parking lots. All City-owned parking lots will be open for free public parking through Monday, January 21st. In the case of a declared Snow Emergency, street parking on designated Snow Emergency Routes is prohibited. Please see the Snow Emergency Route Map below for additional information.
- A Warming Center will be open at the Public Safety Building (505 Main Street) on Monday, January 21st and Tuesday, January 22nd from 8am to 5pm. Individuals who need a warm place during the day are encouraged to utilize the center.
- Residents are asked to wait until the roads have been cleared by City plows before beginning to clear snow from driveways & sidewalks.
- Fire hydrants must remain clear and accessible in case of emergency. Please see attached Safety Message regarding clearing snow from Fire Hydrants near your property (see below).
- Sanitation & recycling collection is suspended on Monday, January 21st due to the holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).
- In case of emergency, please dial 9-1-1. For all other non-emergency matters, please call (845) 451-4000.
Snow Emergency Route Map
Attached is the City’s Snow Emergency Route Map (see below). In the event of a Snow Emergency declaration, all residents are advised to check the map to inquire if your street is part of the Emergency Route. Each one of the seven snow fighting sections has a pre-established priority listing of streets to salt and plow. Priorities are established by the following street designations:
- Snow Emergency Routes (heavily traveled/hospital access roads)
- Arterials (Routes 44 and 55)
- Steep graded hills and sharp curves
- Residential streets
- Cul-de-Sacs and dead-ends
- Service Drives
For updates and announcements, please visit local media outlets and the City website: www.cityofpoughkeepsie.com