How can citizens help during the snow season?
  • Prepare for the snow season - get the necessary equipment, including snow shovels, snow blower, and tire chains.
  • Be aware of weather forecasts; The National Weather Service reliably predicts winter storm activity. Be sure to obtain prescription medications, groceries, and other necessities prior to the arrival of the storm whenever possible.
  • If you live on a private street, get together with neighbors and have a plan for plowing.
  • Know what is too much. If a significant storm is approaching and you have a job that requires you to be there, arrange to have your driveway plowed by a private contractor. In the event of heavy snowfall, you may need to have the contractor plow more than once to keep up with our plows, which are also trying to keep up with the snowfall.
  • If possible, please help neighbors who are elderly or disabled by shoveling their driveway.
  • Do not shovel snow back onto the roadway. It is dangerous and you could be held liable in the event of an accident.
  • Don't take it personally, Borough plow operators are doing their job and not intentionally trying to create a hardship for you. Remember, they too wake up or come home to a driveway and sidewalk that needs clearing.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel in winter driving conditions.

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1. When is it okay to park on my street during a snow event?
2. Whom may I call if I have a suggestion, complaint, or request?
3. Why did they plow only half of the street, and when will they plow the other half?
4. Why did the snowplow leave a ridge in front of my driveway, and why is it my responsibility to get rid of it?
5. What if they missed plowing my street?
6. Why don’t City drivers put the blades down and plow all the snow off down to the pavement?
7. It seems like we’re always plowed last. Why can’t we be first sometimes?
8. I am elderly or disabled and can’t shovel snow. What can I do?
9. Can the City’s snowplow operator plow my driveway if I am elderly, disabled, or not physically able to shovel?
10. Why does it take so long for my road to be plowed?
11. What if it snows on trash day?
12. When do the snowplows get deployed and how long are they out?
13. What if I have an emergency and can’t get out of my house?
14. How can citizens help during the snow season?