The Village goal is to maintain the roads in as good of winter driving conditions as the weather, equipment and budget allow. This does not mean bare/dry pavement should be expected after each snowfall or ice storm. In order to make the most efficient use of available resources, we have established street priorities using the assumption that the severity of a storm is not beyond the normal capabilities of the Village’s snow removal resources. Depending on the nature of the snowstorm, deviations may occur. The established priorities can be seen in the map on our website and are as follows:
- 1st Priority - Primary and Secondary Roads
- 2nd Priority - All remaining Residential Roads including Cul-de-Sacs
- 3rd Priority - Parking Lots, wells and lift stations
Remember, one full plow of Village roads takes our crews over 8 hours to complete. Please slow down, take your time and be sure to give our divers enough room to safely do their job.
Snow plowing operations are carried out in accordance with the guidelines established for the various street classifications as set forth in the Snow Manual. Plowing operations may often times be done in conjunction with ice control activities. You can review our Snow Plow Manual here and view our Interactive Snow Plow Route Map here.
Important Winter Reminders
- Most traffic crashes in winter are caused by drivers going too fast for conditions. Please slow down, buckle up, and allow plenty of following distance. Do not use cruise control on wet or slippery surfaces and be sure to pay close attention to what’s happening ahead of you.
- Snow plows may pass your home several times during a heavy snow fall in order to keep the roads clear and safe. Village staff/equipment WILL NOT clean or remove snow that is deposited into driveways by plows. This is the responsibility of the property owner.
- Stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. Make sure that you can see the plow’s mirrors to ensure the driver can see you and DO NOT pass plow trucks unless instructed by the driver.
- Keep a 3-foot clearance around your hydrant. Snowfall, combined with frozen plowed snow bury fire hydrants under large amounts of compacted snow, thus making them difficult to find and use in an emergency. Snow should be removed about three feet (3') away from the hydrant in all directions and a pathway cleared between the hydrant and the nearest roadway. See here.
- DO NOT place garbage carts in the roadway. Carts should be placed at the end of your dive way to avoid contact with snow plows and the snow being thrown by the plows. Garbage and recycling will still be collected during most snow events.
- DO NOT park in the road. Village Ordinance prohibits parking in the road between the hours of 12am and 6am but we encourage drivers to avoid parking in the road during any snow event to allow our plows and plow drivers to better do their jobs.
- It is against Village Ordinance to deposit snow in the public right-of-ways. Public right-of-ways include roads, ditches, paths and walkways. This means that all snow cleared from your driveway must be deposited within your own property. Pushing snow across or into Village roads is prohibited within this ordinance.
- The Village WILL NOT replace mailboxes or posts that are installed incorrectly or sustain damaged by flying snow or other vehicles hitting them. Properly installed mailboxes and posts will only be repaired/replaced if they are hit and damaged by a Village snowplow. Review the Mailbox Replacement Policy and Damage Claim here.
- If a snow emergency is declared, it will be noted on the homepage of the Village's website and posted on all social media sites.
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