Snow Removal Rules
The Village plows streets when we expect snowfall to exceed 2 inches. Salting will be performed during plowing operations on a limited as need basis. Residents can make the neighborhood plowing safe and efficient by following a few simple Village rules.
- Remove your vehicles from public streets when the forecast is for 2 inches of snow or more. Having vehicles in the road makes it harder for our drivers to thoroughly clean the streets and endangers their safety by forcing them to zigzag across slippery roads increasing the probability of accidents. The Village tickets violators.
- If possible please avoid driving during heavy snowstorms. Our primary purpose is to clear streets for emergency vehicles. The less traffic there is on the road the faster and more efficiently our drivers can clear the streets.
- Do not shovel or blow snow into public streets. This not only defeats the purpose of our plowing buts results in unsafe conditions for all drivers. All shoveled or blown snow should be piled in your yard or parkway. Violators may be ticketed.
- Drive prudently, if you must be out please use the utmost vigilance. Drive slowly and watch at intersections. Leave plenty of extra room between cars and brake slowly. Don’t follow our plows too closely. Use extreme caution in passing our plowing and salting equipment.
- It is the responsibility of each homeowner / business owner to keep the sidewalk and walkways in front of their address shoveled and cleared of ice.
Please Help Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow
The Village encourages all residents to keep fire hydrants near your home in mind if you are shoveling snow. It is important to be able to find fire hydrants quickly, and utilize them quickly. Although our Village fire engines carry water to help firefighters start extinguishing fires, that water supply is limited, and in most cases, firefighters only have a few minutes to get additional water from the fire hydrants once they start using water from the tanks on fire engines.
Be Smart Shoveling Snow
Using a shovel and moving hundreds of pounds of snow can place a big strain on your heart, especially for those who don't regularly exercise, or have preexisting health conditions. Even pushing a heavy snow blower can do put strain on the heart. Cold weather adds to this risk as it can increase blood pressure, interrupt flow to the heart, and make blood more likely to form clots. As such, here are some tips for safe shoveling from the Harvard Health Blog.
- Warm up your muscles before starting.
- Shovel many light loads instead of fewer heavy ones.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Don't feel that you need to clear every speck of snow from your property.
- Head indoors right away if your chest starts hurting, you feel lightheaded or short of breath, your heart starts racing, or some other physical change makes you nervous. If you think you may be having a heart attack or other medical emergency, call 911. If you not in shape or otherwise worried about your heart and health, hire someone else to clear the snow for you.