The private drives are plowed and sanded on an orderly basis after snow/ice storms to provide access for emergency vehicles and police patrol. If your daily activities require an open road at a certain hour or if additional plowing and cleanup are needed, please contact a local snow removal contractor. Snow removal operations are initiated at the discretion of the Highway Department personnel. Road conditions and the weather forecast determine when and how to begin. Property owners are required to sign and return the Snowplow Liability Form on the Requests webpage along with one hundred dollars per drive in order to receive the service. In addition, certain requirements must be met to aid in snow removal and prevent damage to equipment. Roads and driveways not in compliance cannot be plowed. Eight hours or more are required to plow and sand all Village roads and driveways using four vehicles.
The Requirements are:
1. Mark the edge of the drive and any obstacles that become hidden under a blanket of snow with reflectors or stakes. Plow widths vary from 8 feet – 10 feet. All drives need to be marked to allow passage of the plow.
2. Trim brush and trees from the edge of your drive as well as overhead. Make enough room not only for the larger snowplows, but also to provide space to push back expanding snow banks.
3. Eliminate grading hazards such as pot holes, rutted or worn out road base.
4. Park cars in areas that won’t hamper snow removal operations.
Many of the drives (old and new) were designed with our winter weather as an “after thought”. A truck cannot maneuver in a small area as well as a car, especially with a plow attached. Remember that snow plow limitations often mean results that fall short of resident expectations.
The Village Highway / Forestry Department uses a 14% salt – 86% sand mix when sanding slippery roads. The sand mix is a temporary aid to traction and does little to melt packed snow / ice. Due to the expense and limited storage facilities, the sand / salt mix is applied only to the hills, turns and intersections.
You can assist yourself if you place sand barrels in strategic locations. Plastic garbage cans with covers work best and will be filled with a sand / salt mix upon request for your winter driving convenience.