Mayor Gavin Buckley
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City of Annapolis Offices Open Friday on Two-Hour Delay With Liberal Leave Due to Overnight Snow
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 7, 2022) - Due to overnight snowfall, Annapolis City Manager David Jarrell has announced that City of Annapolis offices will open two hours late with liberal leave in place for non-essential employees. Essential employees should report as normal. Employees who can telework are encouraged to do so.
Snowfall began overnight and is expected to end around 6 a.m. Total accumulations were estimated to be 2 to 4 inches. The City of Annapolis has declared a Phase One Snow Emergency. Residents were asked, but not required, to remove vehicles from Snow Emergency Routes overnight. Annapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) crews began at 12 a.m. on Friday treating and plowing roadways. For more information about plowing operations, visit: https://www.annapolis.gov/730/Snow-Information.
According to the National Weather Service, this winter weather system will move out of the area around 7 a.m. Coming in behind the snow, expect gusty winds (to 35MPH) throughout the day on Friday and a drop in temperatures into the 20s overnight into Saturday.
Garages Open: The City’s parking garages are offering free parking for residents in Knighton, Gotts and Hillman Garages. Take a ticket, the exit gates are open.
Annapolis Transit services will operate on a normal schedule.
Department of Public Works Refuse and Recycling curbside collections are on schedule.
Annapolis Recreation and Parks “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center will open on time.
Emergency Operations Center Office of Emergency Management Activation: The Annapolis Emergency Operations Center is activated at the level “enhanced.” The Annapolis Call Center is open for all non-emergency calls. Annapolis residents can call 410-260-2211 for any non-emergency questions related to the winter storm and City services.
Warming Center Opening: The Stanton Community Center, at 92 West Washington Street in Annapolis, is open as a warming center through January 10. 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.
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. 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 fire 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.
City of Annapolis Employee Leave Policy: Due to the weather conditions on Friday, January 7, liberal leave is in effect for the City’s non-essential employees. Essential employees should report as normal. Employees who can telework are encouraged to do so.
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