Snow and ice control is a top priority of the public works department. The public works director has identified 16 snow routes that are staffed by 16 personnel and trucks. Each route contains approximately 22 miles of two and four lane roadways. When conditions require that streets only need to be salted, the task can usually be accomplished in 3 to 4 hours. The time of the day and traffic conditions at the time of the snowfall can have significant impact on snow removal times. When plowing is necessary, the initial pass through the township can take as long as 8-10 hours, depending upon the duration of snowfall. Crews are on duty for snow removal as long as it is deemed necessary and safe by public works management. During periods of excess snow fall, the crews are divided into shifts to insure that snow removal efforts continue without endangering the public works crews. When significant snowfall has occurred, public works management may alter snow routes to insure that the major routes and school bus routes are cleared first, followed by residential streets.
Snow Removal Information for Residents
Please do not plow, shovel or blow snow from sidewalks or driveways in public streets. This slows snow removal efforts and can result in a dangerous condition for pedestrians and drivers.
Please do not call to find out when a particular street will be cleared. When a snowfall occurs, all trucks and drivers are activated. Drivers and trucks will not be sent home until all streets have been cleared at least once.
Plowing snow onto driveways and sidewalks cannot be avoided. Public works drivers are not permitted to "steer" the plow away from driveways.
Please do not park on the street, particularly when three or more inches of snow is predicted. If you must park on the street, please try to leave adequate clearance for the public works truck and snow plow manouverability.