New Windsor snow policy designed to keep sidewalks, roads clear

January 10, 1995|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

Just in time for the winter of 1995, New Windsor has adopted a snow policy, which has homeowners shoveling and officials watching.

Council members will make sure residential sidewalks are shoveled within 10 hours of a snowfall. All five members are ready with citations for offenders.

"Our sidewalks are not so great already," said Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. "Snow creates even more hazardous conditions."

The mayor and town clerk also will have ticket books. Residents can complain to any official about snowy walk areas.

Offenders will receive one warning to clear the sidewalks immediately. Those who don't will be ticketed. Fines will be $10 for a first violation and $20 for a second.

Further failure to remove snow means the town takes over the job, and the homeowner pays for the labor. Those who don't pay will find the cost attached to their annual tax bill.

Mr. Gullo said he hopes the policy will make residents take to their shovels earlier.

Long before residents begin to shovel their walkways, the town will clear streets. Crews will adhere to a snow removal policy adopted Wednesday.

"Without a leader the snow removal procedures would fall apart," Mr. Gullo said.

The mayor and Councilman James Carlisle will share the official "snow coordinator" title. At the sight of the first flake, they will order in the plows and get the removal process rolling.

Plowing standards are official and in writing, the mayor said. Driver rotation should make the process more efficient. The town has lined up five plow drivers, who will work in shifts that may be limited to five hours.

"We have a truck and it should run until the plowing is done," Mr. Gullo said. "When one driver gets too tired, he should turn the truck over to the next driver on the list. Removal continues until completed."

Because state highway crews clear Main and High streets, the town driver will first tackle Church Street. According to the order for plowing and salting, connecting streets will be cleared next and finally residential areas.

"No sense clearing residential streets, if people can't use the main roads," Mr. Gullo said. "The driver will also salt until the road is clear or salting is no longer effective."

Drivers will monitor roads for ice and keep storm drains clear. If the coordinators decide the snow is too deep for local plowers, they will refer to a list of subcontractors.

The mayor said the new policy should keep town roads clear and sidewalks safe.

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