Snow Removal Information

Use extra caution when driving through intersections following a heavy snowfall. Snow is piled on cross streets when intersections are plowed. Until crews have had their final pass to completely clear the intersection, the snow piles along the curb lane may hinder visibility.

Talking to Snowplow Operators


Please do not attempt to stop the snowplow operators to discuss questions or problems. Such interruptions slow crews and reduce the speed of the truck and the efficiency of the snow removal operations. Drivers are instructed not to stop to talk to residents.

Trash Cans


If it is still snowing, or if snow is anticipated on the evening before garbage pick-up day, we ask that you delay putting out your garbage for as long as possible. This will eliminate the problem of garbage containers being covered by snow that is pushed against the curb by the plows. Place garbage containers on the driveway or as close to the driveway as possible to give refuse collectors room to pick them up

Obstructions


Ornamental rocks along the curb or next to the pavement on non-curb streets present a serious safety hazard to snow removal equipment. If residents use rocks or planters for landscape beautification, they need to insure that they are a minimum of three feet in back of the curb or pavement on non-curb streets. If these obstacles are not removed by the residents, the Village will remove them, if deemed necessary for safe snow removal operations.

Fire Hydrants


For the convenience of firefighters - if an emergency should occur (maybe at your address), dig a path to the fire hydrant in front of your house from the street. Dig out around the fire hydrant too. If firefighters can see a hydrant, they can get to it more quickly. Better yet, adopt a hydrant near your home and see that it is accessible.

Motorists & Snowplows


Do not follow snowplows too closely. Sometimes they stop and then back up. If you're right behind one when that happens, well you're in trouble. Give snowplows plenty of space. Also, remember driving on slick wintertime pavements is dangerous, even if they've been plowed. Take more time to get where you're going, begin slowing for stops sooner and, for heaven's sake, don't drink and then try to drive.

Driveways


Village Ordinance Prohibits the Discharge of Snow onto Village Streets. Manpower and equipment limitations prohibit the Village from responding to routine requests to remove snow from private driveways. We recommend you delay your schedule for clearing the driveway until the snowplows have cleaned your street. The Village Ordinance prohibits the discharge of snow onto Village streets. This illegally placed snow may freeze or become compacted, creating a safety hazard for all motorists.

Ice Removal -Best Practices to Protect Local Waterways

Residents can reduce use of road salt by utilizing best management practices for snow and ice removal, including:
  • Removing snow prior to applying a deicer.
  • Using just enough deicer to reduce safety hazard.
  • Sweeping up and properly storing road salt after a snow storm for reuse.
  • Using alternative methods, such as a beet juice derivative
  • Using a hand-held spreader to apply a consistent amount.
  • Using less than 4 pounds of salt per 1,000 square feet (an average parking space is about 150 square feet). One pound of salt is approximately a heaping 12-ounce coffee mug. Remember, more salt does not mean more melting.
  • Sharing your knowledge about the impacts chlorides have on our local waterways.


Further Information


Any questions regarding snow removal should be directed to the Village Services Department, Street Maintenance Division at 630-671-5800.