The winter snow can offer ample opportunities for recreational activities but many of us see it as a tiresome chore that rarely comes at a convenient time. This further complicated by the village’s commitment to keeping the streets as clear and safe as possible. With a little insight and useful tips you can minimize the frustrations and focus on staying warm (or enjoying the recreational aspects of winter).
The task of cleaning village streets is no easy task and requires strategic coordination in order to:
- Keep the main roads for emergency vehicles
- Clear subdivisions streets (especially the naturally problematic cul-de-sac)
- Supplement state and county maintained routes
- Work around residents that leave cars on streets or throw snow onto the streets is an issue of public safety, contributes to unnecessary delays and costs to all taxpayers. (These are violations of local ordinances)
- Minimize overtime and overworking of our public workers and equipment (which is complicated by prolonged snow fall, drifting and sub -zero temperatures).
When cleaning your driveway:
- Since the wind is typically out of the west, avoiding placing your snow to west side of your drive will minimize potential drifting in your drive.
- Do not shovel snow onto the street. Actually clearing the snow along the curb up the street will reduce the snow being pushed by the plow and minimize the amount deposited at end of your driveway.
- Your mail carrier will also appreciate if you keep your mailbox accessible.
Avoid walking on the streets. With the snowy conditions, vehicles and especially plows have inherently limited visibility and pedestrians in the street are just encouraging needless hazards.
Freezing Water Lines;
To protect your water lines from freezing:
- Seal cracks in doors, windows and foundations. Small openings concentrate cold air creating a cold zone that can quickly freeze pipes.
- Allow cold water to drip through faucets. Running or dripping water can help prevent water lines from freezing however; even running water can freeze in sub-zero temperatures.
- Consider installing water pipe insulation. Local building supply stores carry a number of products designed specifically for this purpose.