JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ – Jackson Township isn’t playing games and its code enforcers are sweeping neighborhoods issuing warnings to residents who have not yet shoveled their sidewalks.
“You have 24 hours to remove the snow from your sidewalk or a summons and fine of $2,000 will be issued,” yellow notices flagged “NOTICE!” left for residents across town read.
According to the township’s ordinances, residents have up to 24 hours of ‘daylight’ to remove snow from their sidewalks. Sidewalks should be free from ice, snow, or other impediments, the ordinance reads.
Jackson Township is a vast rural town of over 100 square miles and has growing Orthodox Jewish population that requires sidewalks to be cleared during the Sabbath from sundown Friday until Sundown Saturday. During that time, Jewish residents must walk to and from prayer groups.
The notices began arriving at some homes on Wednesday after another snow storm dumped an additional 2-3 inches of snow across the township.