The parking lot

The Caldwell House parking lot is not well suited for snow cleanup. It is uphill (to leave), it is irregular shaped, and we are surrounded by neighboring buildings that we must avoid.

You, your parking space

A good general rule when it is snowing - if you do not need to go out, do not go out.

You are responsible for shoveling around your vehicle. See "The Shed" below.

The best place to move the snow to is to the head of your own parking space. Do not ever put snow in the street, you could be fined for doing that. Do not put snow in the center of the parking lot. Do not dump snow on a neighboring property - see "Neighbors" below.

If you must go to 7-Eleven, walk there. If you must go to work right after a snow storm, before the snow is cleared, you may need to plan to get a ride from someone else (meet them at the curb) or take a taxi, Uber, ...

The Shed

If you do not have your own shovel or scraper/brush, you will find some in the garbage shed on the right side (hanging up). If you borrow them, please put them back exactly where you found them.

If you do not have your own salt/calcium for around your parking space, there will either be a container with salt in it in the shed, or a bag of leftover salt after the Resident Managers finish using it.

Resident Managers

The Resident Managers are responsible for clearing a path from the front door, past the garbage shed, to the recycling area, and the sidewalk.

Keeping in mind that this is not their primary job, and they may be very, very sore and tired, the Resident Managers will probably spend hours and hours clearing snow well beyond the required areas.

The back step, yard

The back door is considered an emergency exit. Keep in mind, even if the back step has been cleared, the remainder of the back yard will be snow and possibly ice covered grass. Be careful.


You may not park on any snow-covered roadway in Caldwell (or any other town around here). If you are parked on Westover Ave and it is about to snow, makes sure you move your car somewhere else.

Essex County

Bloomfield Ave is a county road. Large Essex County plows will clear it, and bury our driveway, several times.

Snow plow

The snow plow comes automatically to all Affiliated Management properties that it is assigned to. Normally we do not know when the plow is coming in advance.

The snow plow can not clear parking spaces unless there are several spaces with no cars in a row, and there is somewhere to push the snow beyond that. Even snow plows slide in snow, they will not risk getting too close to anyone's vehicle.

Especially because we have very limited places to put it, when there is a very large amount of snow, we may need to have a front end loader come to pick up the snow and dump it where the trees are on the side of the parking lot. When that happens, it may take up to a day or two for it to come, there will be a long line of many apartment complexes, some with hundreds of apartments (vs our 24). It usually takes hours for a front end loader or Bobcat to clear a parking lot.