–by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough
PUBLICATION DATE: 11.15.16
Ready for winter:
With leaf collection winding down, city of Sylvania street division crews are now focusing on roadway snow and ice removal. They are removing the leaf boxes from the trucks and installing snowplows, salt spreaders, brine tanks and spreaders for the coming winter season.
Snow and ice removal is a big job in the city of Sylvania with over 73 miles of roadway to keep clear. During last winter, city of Sylvania workers spent 598 hours, spread 743 tons of road salt and used 31,237 gallons of brine to remove snow and ice from the roads.
Brine is being used much more frequently as a more efficient way to keep the roads clear before snow and ice have a chance to build up. A new brine mixer is being purchased this year to help speed with brine spreading prior to approaching storms.
The city of Sylvania has seven trucks equipped with 10’ wide snow plows and salt spreaders. Two of these trucks are also equipped with liquid brine spreaders to pretreat roads prior to predicted winter storms.
Last year, City Council voted to have snow emergencies declared whenever four or more inches of snow is forecast or accumulates on the streets. During these snow emergencies, there will be no parking permitted on city streets to allow the snow plows to efficiently clear the streets, and also keep the streets wide enough for emergency vehicles to respond to calls for service.
Any vehicles parked in the streets during snow emergencies will be subject to ticketing and towing. Residents will be notified of snow emergencies through the media and by the Sylvania Alerts System, which residents can subscribe to without cost by visiting lucascountyalerts.com.
Residents are also reminded of the requirement to clear sidewalks in front of their property by the next morning following a snowstorm. Though most residents clear their sidewalks, the city always receives complaints about those who don’t.
Snow and ice removal often keeps the trucks on the road 24 hours a day until the roads are clear. The heavier the storm, the longer the clearing process. The trucks will clear main roads first and then make one pass on all residential streets, following predetermined routes, then return for a second pass to widen residential streets out to full width.
Let’s hope we don’t have too many severe storms this winter. Long-range weather forecasts are calling for more wintery weather this year than last year’s milder winter. Let’s hope we don’t have too much severe winter weather, but when we do have storms, our city crews and equipment are ready.