Mayor Gavin Buckley
Public Information Office
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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On Tuesday, Jan. 4, City Offices to Close; Essential Employees to Report
Annapolis Transit Will Begin Service at 9 a.m.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 4, 2022) - City of Annapolis Department of Public Works crews continued to treat and plow roadways overnight but early morning low temperatures and fallen trees and tree limbs slowed progress into smaller neighborhood streets. Crews will continue their efforts to treat surfaces throughout the day until all Annapolis roadways are passable.
At 8:05 a.m. City Manager David Jarrell reassessed conditions and determined that City of Annapolis offices will remain closed. Employees who can telework should work with their supervisor to do so. Essential employees are required to report.
The City reminds residents to use extreme caution on surfaces including sidewalks and roads where overnight refreezing may cause very hazardous conditions. Warmer weather this afternoon and tomorrow will help to melt what remains, but overnight temperatures into Wednesday will hover around the freezing mark which may slow the effort.
Annapolis Transit will begin operations at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, including paratransit and Circulator service.
Annapolis Refuse and Recycling collections will continue with Monday’s pickups today and regularly scheduled Tuesday collections on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday collections are unchanged.
Annapolis Recreation and Parks: The Pip Moyer Recreation Center and the Stanton Center are both closed on Tuesday.
Residents Must Clear Their Section of Sidewalk: The Annapolis City Code requires residents to clear sidewalks (Section 14.24.010) within three hours after the snow or sleet has stopped falling, except between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m. Violation of this code requirement is subject to a $100 fine/per day. Please lend a hand to any neighbors who may be physically or otherwise unable to clear sidewalks. (Never use fertilizer to melt ice and snow; the nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilizer can harm your local streams, groundwater and the Chesapeake Bay!)
Adopt-a-Hydrant: The Annapolis Fire Department asks residents to “Adopt-a-Hydrant,” where residents help to clear hydrants after a winter storm. Buried hydrants cause dangerous delays for firefighters. This alleviates time spent by firefighters who have to search for hydrants buried in drifts or plowed snow in case of an emergency. Volunteers should clear a wide enough perimeter from around the area of the hydrant (at least 3 feet). Also, clear a path from the hydrant to the street. Please wear visible and weather-appropriate clothing when clearing snow/ice.
Warming Center Opening: The Stanton Center, at 92 West Washington Street in Annapolis, is open as a warming center through January 4. Please note that masks are required, all COVID-19 safety protocols must be followed, and all referrals must check-in to the Stanton Center nightly by 9 p.m.
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