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posticon What to Expect When You’re Expecting…Snow

Our local municipality sent out a reminder on how to prepare and what to do when expecting snowfall (which we, in the entire Eastern portion of the US are currently facing). We appreciate and value these tips, so we are passing them on to you.  None of these are surprising; mostly common sense, but easily forgotten.

The following are suggestions for measures you can take to help your local snow and ice removal companies complete their jobs quickly and efficiently:

  • Please limit travel during snow storms to trips that are necessary.  Once roads have been plowed and salted, the potential for accidents is greatly reduced.
  • Please park your vehicles in your driveways and off the road.  If you must park on the street, try to park on one side of the street only.  Parked cars hinder the speed and efficiency of our snow removal operation.  Vehicles may only be parked in authorized areas.  Vehicles parked in unauthorized areas may be towed.
  • Snow plows are designed to remove snow from the roadway to the edge of the road.  It is likely that the plow will leave behind a window of snow in front of your driveway.  Residents are responsible for removing the snow.  Additionally, when you remove snow from the driveway apron, please push it to the right as you look from your driveway to the street.  This will further help eliminate the possibility of your driveway being plowed in again.
  • Please do not plow snow from your driveways and walkways into the road.  Please pile the snow in your yard (the better to make snowmenpeople with).  Remember, you are also responsible for your snow removal contractor’s actions.
  • When snow plows are used during snowfalls, the initial pass of the snowplow is made to open up the road for traffic flow.  The following passes will push the snow to the curb line or road edge.  This is necessary in order to allow for the drainage of melting snow into catch basins and to allow more space to plow future snow accumulations.
  • To avoid salt hitting your vehicle while driving, move away from the center of the road when you see a salt truck approaching from the opposite direction.  Salt trucks are designed to deposit more salt near the center of the road, as the salt works its way to the road edge as traffic runs over it.  Please try to stay back approximately 200 feet from the rear of a truck while it deploys the material.
  • Remove your portable basketball hoops and trailers from the street and place them on your property.
  • When calling your local Public Works Department, please keep messages simple and direct.  Be certain to state your name, phone number, the problems you are calling about, and its location.

By following the recommendations listed, you will be assisting your local snow and ice removal contractors in providing you with safe and efficient snow removal operations.  Stay safe and be aware of the situations around you.  Snow season is almost over…we can do this!

posticon What Snowfall History Tells Us…

Historically, those of us in the Northeastern United States could expect to see snow anywhere from November to March, generally, with some exceptions from year to year.  Over the past twenty years, there have been a few snow storms that stood out more than the rest; “The Storm of the Century”, 1993…”the Blizzard of ’96”, 1996…”New York City Blizzard”, 2006 (1).  With environmental changes such as global warming and pollution, among many other factors that will affect the pattern of weather we have come to expect over the years, it’s uncertain how this will change the future weather patterns and what will become our “new normal”. Continue Reading

posticon ASCA legislation passes Illinois House

 The anti-indemnity legislation is two steps away from being reality, says association executive director.

“The Illinois House of Representatives today unanimously (116-0) passed the ASCA’s model legislation, which is now just two steps away from becoming reality.”

“We are very excited by what has happened with the Illinois House today and with the momentum moving forward,” says ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride.

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posticon Spotting a Crooked Contractor

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You own or manage a property and the snow season is rapidly approaching.  You need to hire someone to take care of the job in the interest of your employees /clients /customers safety as they make their way across your lot.  So, you contact a snow removal contractor that promises to be able to handle the job for you.  Maybe you heard about them from a friend, online, or by doing an internet search.  But, how can you tell if they’re ‘legit’? Continue Reading

posticon Be Ahead of the Weather

Did you know that there are resources available by state to stay up-to-date with traffic incidents, construction and weather related notifications?

The U.S. Department of Transportation, with the approval of the Federal Featured imageCommunications Commission, developed the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to increase traffic efficiency and safety on the nation’s roadways. Continue Reading

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