10 Tips to Survive Winter Plowing
A little patience and a cooperative attitude are essential ingredients for
getting through the winter plowing season. We can reduce frustrations that
sometimes accompany winter snowstorms when we all work together. Here are our
"Top 10 Tips" for surviving the winter plowing season.
- Observe the City of Lebanon’s winter parking regulations.
Don’t park your car on the street between midnight and 6:00 AM. Each city
maintained parking lot has parking restrictions listed on signs; please
read these carefully as each one is different from the other. This not
only ensures more effective plowing but also helps you avoid a
- Residents may find it less frustrating to wait
until plow trucks have completed plowing their street before cleaning the
end of their driveway. City plow units are designed to discharge snow to
the sides of the road and are not capable of skipping driveways.
- Snow from the bottom of the driveway should be
shoveled to the right as you’re facing the street. Clearing snow before
your driveway will greatly reduce the snow berm being placed in your
driveway during the next plowing.
- Residents hiring contractors to plow their
driveways should remind them to review state and local laws that prohibit
pushing or placing snow back into or across the street. Doing so not only
creates hazards for drivers, but also makes it difficult for the city to
keep the streets clean. Also, watch out for sidewalk openings; if your
contractor fills them in, they are required to reopen/clear them.
- Residents should clear snow from their mailbox
area after each plowing. Snow that remains in front of mailboxes will get
compacted by post office vehicles and make subsequent plowing less
- If you have curbside trash/recycling pickup,
and the day coincides with plowing activities, make sure your trash can
and recycling bin are well behind the curb or in the driveway so the plow
will not hit them.
- Residents who have experience sod damage in
the past may wish to mark their yard line with flexible stakes or lathe.
This will help the plow operators avoid future damage.
- Don’t allow children to play near or build
snow forts and tunnels in the snow banks adjacent to the curbs. It can be
difficult for the plow operators to see children.
- Keep sleds, toys, and basketball hoops away
from the street.
- Residents are encouraged to “adopt a fire hydrant” near their home and keep snow shoveled away from it. This will ensure that hydrants are accessible in case of an emergency.