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snow removal and cindering


  1. Roads.  Remove cars from streets and roadways before snow removal crews begin treating the roads.  Vehicles parked on the roadways jeopardize the safety of road crew personnel and the public.  Also, the snow can not be removed from curb to curb when obstacles obstruct the roadway.  The leftover snow around the vehicles is a hazard to the postal service and local traffic.  Snow Emergencies (Ordinance #1987-7) prohibit parking on Snow Emergency Routes and local streets.  Cooperation is needed to help crews remove snow quickly and efficiently.  Snow Emergencies are announced on several radio and television stations including:  WSBA, Fox 43, and WGAL-TV Channel 8.
  2. Plowing duration.  Please understand the crews are not done plowing until the storm is completely finished and the snow is plowed curb to curb.  The Public Works Department plows the roadways for local traffic and emergency vehicles with two lanes of accessibility during the storm.  The roads are not plowed curb to curb until the snow storm is completely finished.  When the storm is finished, the roads will be plowed all the way back to the curb line. 
  3. Driveway or sidewalk.  Do not throw snow from your driveway or sidewalk into the roadway.  Keep the snow on your property and not on the roadway.
  4. Property markings.  Delineators or markers can help snow removal crews locate the curb line and prevent property damage.  Snow removal crews strive to plow snow curb to curb but sometimes mistakenly get too close to your yard and damage grass.  Any marker can help crews find the curb line.
  5. Please keep trash behind the curb line during snow events.  If trash cans are in the roadway, the cans will be knocked over and can disrupt the trash haulers.
  6. Travel at slower speeds and allow greater stopping distances during storms.  Stay off the roads if possible and allow snow removal crews the necessary time and distances to work on the roads.
  7. Fire Hydrants.  Residents are responsible for clearing snow around a fire hydrant.  The hydrant should have a three foot clearance radius within 12 hours after a snowfall per Ordinance 2014 - 3.  The Ordinance protects the community in case a fire occurs and allows the Fire Department to connect hoses and operate the hydrant safely.  If you have a medical condition or are unable to clear your hydrant, please solicit neighbors for their assistance who could also be served by the fire hydrant or contact the Public Works Department for assistance.
  8. Sidewalks.  Snow must be removed from the sidewalk within 12 hours after snowfall.
  9. Mailboxes.  The area around your mailbox should be cleared adequately for the safety and effectiveness of the Postal Service after the Public Works Department is finished plowing.