|WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHEN IT SNOWS
SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL
The owner, occupant or tenant of
every property fronting upon or alongside any street shall remove all snow and
ice from the sidewalk within 24 hours after the same ceases. The cleared path
on the sidewalks is required to be 30 inches wide. No snow or ice shall be put
upon Borough streets.
SNOW PLOWING AND SNOW EMERGENCIES
The Borough of Myerstown practices
an intense snow plowing program. The program is designed to place the snow on
the street as close as possible to the curb. At times this inconveniences the
property owner; however, it does provide the maximum opportunity for emergency
vehicles (police, fire, and ambulance) to have clear passage on the streets.
Due to the varying widths of the Boroughs streets, it takes as many as
four passes in each direction to do an adequate job. Please have patience with
our Public Works Department during snow plowing exercises.
Emergencies will be declared when needed. The declaration will be placed on
television and radio. Residents shall remove their vehicles from the snow
emergency routes or they will be towed at the owners expense.
Discontinuance of the emergency will be announced on television and radio.
WHERE TO CHECK FOR SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS
|The following are the ways you can check to see if a Snow
Emergency has been Declared or canceled:
8 Ticker across TV screen and website posting
27 Ticker across TV screen and website posting
Radio during winter watch updates
Radio during winter watch updates
- This web page ticker
answering machine at the Borough Office will always have
announcement after the close of business at 4:00 p.m.
business hours, call the Borough Office (866-5038) and we will be happy to let
WHERE TO PARK DURING AN EMERGENCY
Most properties in the Borough have parking in the rear of the
property; however, if additional parking is needed during the snow emergencies,
the pool parking lot (located at South Railroad St., and Center Avenue) may be
used. If you wish to park in a business, church, fire company or any other lot,
you should ask for permission first. Vehicles parked in a private lot without
permission may be towed and fined.
SNOW EMERGENCY VIOLATIONS
- Parking Ticket ..... $50.00
- Towing fee to Borough Lot ..... $75.00 (more if a rollback
- Vehicle storage fee ..... $25.00/day.
|Remember, it is unlawful to operate a snowmobile,
dirt bike or four-wheeler on any of the Borough streets.
SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES
|The following are snow emergency routes:
After a snow emergency is declared, it is prohibited to park a vehicle on these
routes. Vehicles incapable of moving, parked or stalled will be towed at the
owners expense, and a citation will be given. During a snowfall you can
tune into the radio, TV, or their websites to see if a snow emergency has been
Borough line to Borough line
as well as
Cherry Street between
E Washington Ave and E Richland
SNOW REMOVAL POLICY
following is the general snow removal policy for the Borough, with suggestions
for the residents to make the job more effective and efficient. This plan is
general policy and each storm will dictate how it is implemented and what
adjustments will be made. For winter storms the Borough is divided into
sections with a vehicle assigned to each section. The first priority is to make
the streets safe for the traveling public; priority of each vehicle is to open
each street in its assigned section. At the start of the storm, all trucks are
sent out to their assigned areas with the instructions to salt hills,
intersections and curve areas first, then all other areas. Salt needs the
movement of traffic to make it effective, so if it appears that your street has
not yet been done, it may be that there has not yet been enough traffic on the
street. For plowing, the drivers are instructed to make one pass in each
direction on the street and they are to make one pass in and one pass out in
the cul-de-sacs. Myerstown Borough has more than 10 miles of streets, 10 miles
of alleys, and 2 cul-de-sacs to maintain. After each one is passable, we will
start to the procedure of pushing back the snow to the curb and cleaning out
the cul-de-sacs. This operation may not begin until the following day because
the employees will be sent home to get some rest after the long grueling hours
spent in the initial plowing effort. You can help by following the suggestions
Vehicle Parking: If at all possible, park
off the street in your driveway, or to the rear of your property. In case of
multiple vehicles, park as many in your driveway as possible because the more
driveway surface that is protected, the less shoveling will have to be done. In
cul-de-sacs, which are difficult enough to plow without vehicles parked in
them, park all vehicles off the roadway. It doesnt help at all to park at
the end of the cul-de-sac along the curb or to double park vehicles in that
area. Many cul-de-sacs have storm drains at the end of them and that is the
area we try to plow the snow to.
Driveways: We always receive complaints
about plowing driveways closed after a resident has spent hours shoveling it
open. Three suggestions for shoveling driveways are:
until the plowing operations have ceased before shoveling your driveway.
shoveling open the mouth of your driveway, shovel six feet out into the roadway
from the driveway and ten feet to either side. This allows the plow to unload
any snow it is pushing before crossing in front of your driveway.
shoveling your driveway leave the last six feet unshoveled until the plowing
operations have ceased. This will allow the snow being pushed to remain on the
plow and not dumped into the freshly shoveled driveway. (See diagram below)
REMEMBER Do not push snow out onto roads
at anytime. The results of this activity will be a citation issued from the
Myerstown Borough Police Department, as it is a violation of the Boroughs