Although Lakewood, NJ, was blanketed with a snowfall of between 28 and 30 inches, within 24 hours after the last snowflake fell, 95 percent of Lakewood roads had been ploughed at least once. Mayor Langert
said, “We thought the storm of the century was last year; this one definitely takes the cake-it was certainly more snow than had fallen at one time in 30 years.”
Mayor Langert and Meir Lichtenstein, who stayed with Lakewood Public Works (LPW) throughout the night, are commending the Lakewood Public Works Department for its yeoman’s job in going above and beyond the call of duty in dealing with this storm. Mayor Langert said, “I specifically want to thank Acting Director Alvin Burdge; Tony Arecchi, superintendent; Phil Roux, parks’ supervisor; Jim Casey, roads’ supervisor, for coming in on his vacation; and the myriad of drivers, mechanics, plough operators, front end loader workers; and a special thanks to Dorit Attias for sitting with me in the truck while I ploughed for more than four hours last night.”
“While other towns only had 50 percent of their streets ploughed, 95 percent of Lakewood streets were ploughed at least once by 6:00 a.m. and the other 5 percent will be done by early this afternoon,” said Mayor Langert.
Mayor Langert noted that Committeeman Lichtenstein worked tirelessly on behalf of everyone in Lakewood. “He left at 7:00 a.m. this morning, having stayed for 30 hours out of 48 hours; and I thank him. The people in LPW all worked double shifts, overtime, anything to make sure residents’ streets were ploughed as soon as humanly possible.”
In a storm of this size that raged rapidly through New Jersey, it was difficult to stay ahead of the amount of snow that fell. Mayor Langert said, “I realize and understand that the clearance of Lakewood streets is not perfect; but I do want to recognize the men and women in our public works department for going all out and coming through as much as humanly possible with unbelievable conditions.”
The Mayor urges everyone to be patient. The LPW and the Township Committee are all aware of the exasperation many people feel; but everyone is working hard to clear the streets of Lakewood as fast as possible.