Snow and Ice Removal
With winter weather soon approaching, we would like to share our practice on clearing the roadways of ice and snow. The City has five designated plow routes. During lighter snowfalls we initially focus on keeping the main streets, emergency fire routes and school bus routes open. However, during heavier snowstorms we move that focus more to the main streets and emergency fire routes. In heavier snowfalls the main streets and emergency fire routes - specifically the Anthony Wayne Trail, Cass Road, Conant Street/Reynolds Road, Crystal Avenue, Detroit Avenue, Dussel Drive, Fallen Timbers Lane, Ford Street, Holland Road, Illinois Avenue, Key Street, Kingsbury Street between Illinois Avenue and the Anthony Wayne Trail, Michigan Avenue, Monclova Road, River Road/Broadway Street between Ford Road and the Ohio Turnpike, Russell Road and Saco Street are addressed first.
Secondary streets and subdivisions are given equal priority and are worked on after the main streets have been opened. Crews first open the center of all secondary streets and then return to push snow to the curb. Citizens are encouraged to wait until after the second pass before removing driveway snow near the street. All streets in town will be cleared as soon as possible, so please be patient. De-icing salt is applied to streets as needed.
During prolonged snowstorms, it is necessary for the operators to make repeated passes on the main streets to keep traffic moving. This will delay the plows from getting into the neighborhoods. When the snow stops, the secondary streets receive our full attention.
The city asks all residents to adhere to the following:
- IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE STREET UNTIL IT IS CLEARED. PLOWING AROUND CARS SLOWS THE PLOWS DOWN.
- Once we have cleared the street, do not put, push or blow the snow from your driveway back into the street. Passing motorists drive over the fresh snow and pack it down. When temperatures drop, that snow forms slippery patches making it a driving hazard to motorists.
- When possible, wait until the second snowplow pass before clearing your driveway. Most phone calls are from residents who have spent a lot of time clearing the driveway only to have the plow driver return from the second time to push the snow to the curb and it is back on the driveway.
- For your safety, and the safety of the snowplow drivers, give them plenty of room to make wide turns and do not tailgate or pass the plows.
- If you live on a cul-de-sac, be aware of the following facts:
* It is illegal for the plows to drive against regular traffic flow to clear the snow into the cul-de-sac.
* Due to the scientific principal centrifugal force, the snowplows cannot throw snow to the center of
LEVEL ONE SNOW EMERGENCY -
> Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
> Roads are icy.
> Caution should be used when driving.
LEVEL TWO SNOW EMERGENCY -
> Roadways are extremely hazardous with ice, blowing and drifting
> Only those persons who feel it is necessary to drive should be out
on the roadways.
> Your employer should be contacted to see if you should report to
LEVEL THREE SNOW EMERGENCY -
> All roadways are closed to non-emergency traffic.
> Employees should contact their employer to see if they should
report to work.
> An employer may request that all essential employees report to
> All other travel may be subject to arrest.
All sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snow fall. Chapter 521.06(a) of the Maumee Municipal Code states "each single residential, commercial, or industrial property and owners of any multiple residential, commercial, or industrial property, or any unoccupied property...shall keep and maintain the same free and clear of snow, ice...debris. Violation of this standard of conduct will result in a Class B Civil Offense with an initial fine of $125.00. Please do not shovel snow from your driveway into the street. The plows will push it back into your drive approach. Remove the snow from your approach in the direction of travel. Cars parked in the street hinder the snow removal operation.