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Snowplowing Policy


2024 Snowplowing Policy 
During regular work hours, the Perrysburg Police Division or the Department of Public Service determines when streets require attention. After regular work hours, the police dispatcher calls in snow crews when the conditions warrant. 

The city is divided into eight sections with a snowplow in each section. Priority is given to the main streets, intersections, school zones, streets with hills and curves. The main streets are cleared first.  The secondary streets and subdivisions are given equal attention after the main streets and school zones are cleared. 

These main streets are cleared first:  Boundary Streets (East, West, East South and West South), Brittany Road, Carronade Drive, Coe Court, Eckel Junction Road, Front Street, Indiana Avenue, Jennison Drive, Louisiana Avenue, Maumee-Western Reserve, Roachton Road, Sandusky Street, Three Meadows Blvd, and Wilkinson Way. Also, Fort Meigs Road, Seventh Street and White Road as these are streets where schools are located. 

During prolonged snowstorms, it is necessary for the snowplow operators to make repeated passes on the main street to keep traffic flowing. This delays the plows from clearing the neighborhood streets. 

Please do not park on the street until it is cleared. Plowing around cars slows the plows down. 

Parking During Snowstorms 
During snow events, residents are encouraged to use off street parking. By parking off the streets, this will enable the city snowplow crews to clear the streets more efficiently. 

Plowing in Cul-de-Sacs 
It is illegal for the plows to drive against the regular traffic flow to clear snow in the cul-de-sac.  Due to the scientific principle of centrifugal force, the snowplow cannot throw snow to the center of the cul-de-sac. PLEASE, NO PARKING IN THE CUL-DE-SAC. 

Plowing in Alleys 
Alleys will be plowed as needed. Priority is given to primary streets (main streets, intersections, school zones, streets with hills and curves). 

Guidelines When Clearing Sidewalks and Driveways 
Snowplow crews first open the center of all the secondary streets and then return to push snow to the curb. Residents are encouraged to wait until the snow crews have completed their final round before removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks next to the streets. Most of our calls are from residents who have spent a lot of time clearing their driveways only to have the snow pushed back into the driveway when the snowplow crews make their final pass. 

Residents are required by city ordinance 1022.28 to clear their sidewalks within thirty (30) hours of its accumulation exclusive of Sundays and Federally mandated holidays. Snow, ice, dirt, and other debris shall not be placed in the street, gutter, or sidewalk. Please do not throw snow back in the roadway – place in yard. 

Once the crews have cleared the street, do not push, or blow the snow from your driveway into the street. Passing motorists drive over the fresh snow and pack it down. When the temperature drops, that snow forms slippery patches resulting in a driving hazard. 

Snowplow Safety on the Road 
The snowplow operator’s vision is often reduced by blowing snow coming off the plow blade. Do not assume the snowplow operators can see you approaching. When following a snowplow, if you cannot see the side mirrors on the snowplow, the driver cannot see you. 

Remember that snowplows must maintain a certain speed for the plows to be effective. 

For your safety and the safety of the snowplow drivers, give them plenty of room to make wide turns, keep a safe distance behind the plows (100 feet) and do not pass the plows. 

City crews can do a more efficient job when residents travel only when necessary and use off street parking when available. 

Plows may need to back up to properly clear snow from the street. Please stay back at least 100 feet from the rear of the plow truck. 

Safety of Children 
Caution your children not to play in the snow piles or drifts near the street and to always stay clear of the snowplow. 

Safety of Refuse and Recycle Crews 
On refuse and recycle collection day, place your refuse and recycle Toters at the corner of your drive, NOT on top of the snow piled along the edge of the street. 

Inspect, replace and/or repair your mailbox before the snow season so it is sturdy enough to withstand the sludge, etc thrown by the plow. The city only repairs mailboxes that are hit by the snowplow. The city does not repair mailboxes that are damaged by snow thrown from the snowplow. 

Snow Emergency Levels (as determined by the Sheriff’s office) 

Level 1: 
Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. 
Roads may also be icy. 
Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously. 

Level 2: 
Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. 
Roads may also be very icy. 
Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. 
Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. 
Motorists should use extreme caution. 

Level 3: 
All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. 
No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel, or a personal emergency exists.   
All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.