The Public Service Department has the responsibility of clearing municipal streets of snow and ice. Our goal is to provide you with the highest possible level of service. When snow begins to lay on the roads, salt crews are called out, but all roads cannot be treated at once. Untreated roads may be slippery and treacherous. If possible, stay off the roads during this period.
Plowing operations usually occur with the accumulation of 2 to 3 inches or more of snow. During snowfalls when plows are used, the initial passes of the snowplow are to open the road for traffic flow. Expect to have the snow pushed back to the curb on a later pass.To minimize the amount of snow that gets deposited in front of your driveway: Stand facing your driveway from the street and shovel the snow to the left side of your driveway. This will not completely eliminate snow from being deposited in front of your driveway, but it will reduce the amount that is deposited.
Property owners and businesses are reminded that snow and ice must be removed from the sidewalk along the frontage within 24 hours of the beginning of a snowfall. Blowing or shoveling of snow into the street is a violation of municipal ordinances and can cause accidents. Property owners assume a serious liability for such a practice.
In order to assist the Public Service Department during snow removal, please adhere to these suggestions:
- Do not drive unless absolutely necessary. If possible wait a while to give salt crews a chance to treat roads.
- Remove your vehicles from the street. Park in your driveway or yard. If it is necessary to park along the street, leave enough room for plow trucks to fit between parked cars.
- Do not shovel or plow snow from your driveway or walkway into the street. If you hire a plowing service, advise them not to push snow into the street or in front of neighboring property.
- Clear areas for pedestrian crossings at intersections.
- Remove snow from around fire hydrants.
- When you notice a salt truck approaching from the opposite direction, slow down and move away from the center of the road to avoid having salt hit your vehicle.
- When following a salt truck, keep a safe distance as trucks may make sudden stops or turns.
Thank you for your cooperation.