Our Highway Department is responsible for the year-round maintenance of all town roads. They can be seen repairing road ways, trimming road side tree lines and plowing snow.
Please show all of our Highway Department driving courtesy for everyone's safety!
Highway Department Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 3pm
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 2pm
Mailboxes Damaged During Snow Removal
During and after significant snow storms, the Highway Department, in the course of plowing, receives phone calls regarding damage to mailboxes, either from snow plows directly or from the force of snow being thrown by the plows. If such damage is indeed caused by snow removal, It is not done intentionally but is an unfortunate consequence of snow removal.
As far as the Highway Department replacing damaged mailboxes, it must be pointed out that there is no statutory or legal authority which grants a property owner or resident along a public highway any right to place a mailbox in a highway right-of-way. That the mailbox is on town, county or state right-of-way is a courtesy to the postal service. Thus, when the necessity of keeping highways open, conflicts with the individuals reception of the mail, the latter must stand aside. The owner might even be compelled to remove the box under Highway Law #319.
From past experience, we have found that plastic mail boxes do not withstand the abuse of snow from the plows hitting them and are not recommended. Please check your mailbox for possible repairs. If your mailbox is damaged because of a rotten post or rusted box, the town will not repair it. As a courtesy, the Highway Department will place a temporary box so that a resident can receive mail if their box is damaged by the plow, but we will not replace any fancy mailbox or box. Mailbox posts with fancy supports are not recommended as they stick down under the box and give the wing plow something to get hold of. A standard metal mailbox mounted directly on top of a treated 4x4 post placed 41"-45" high to the bottom of the mailbox is the most cost effective and best solution to maintaining your mailbox during the winter seasons. If your mailbox is knocked down during the winter season we recommend the temporary use of a 4x4 wooden post and a metal mailbox cemented into a 5 gallon bucket. This will allow movement of the mailbox out of the town right of way during inclement weather.
Section 115-8 Piling snow on streets or private land; visual obstructions.
A. No person, firm or corporation shall pile, gather up, plow up or in any way force any snow or ice upon any street, avenue or roadway onto any other street, avenue or roadway within the Town.
B. No person, firm or corporation shall pile, gather up, plow or in any way force any snow or ice upon any terrace or parcel of land within six feet of any street, avenue or roadway in such a manner as to cause the height of the snow and ice so piled, gathered, plowed or forced to exceed three feet six inches in height above the existing natural grade of said terrace or parcel of land within six feet of said street, except that it shall be unlawful to cover a fire hydrant with snow or ice.
C. Any person, firm or corporation piling, gathering or plowing up snow or ice on any public street, avenue or roadway or to an excess height, as indicated in Subsection B, shall forthwith remove the same at his or its expense, upon the request of the Town
Section 115-9 Snow emergencies
A. There is hereby declared to exist in the Town an emergency by reason of a heavy snowstorm whenever snow falls during any period of 24 hours or less to a depth of 2-1/2 inches or more, in that such storm constitutes a serious public hazard impairing transportation, the movement of food and fuel supplies, medical care, fire, health and police protection and other vital facilities of the Town. Such an emergency is declared to continue for a period of 24 hours or until such earlier time as snowplowing operations have been declared completed by the Highway Superintendent.
B. Whenever, such an emergency exists and the Highway Superintendent shall have caused announcement thereof to be made by the local radio station, whose normal operating range covers the Town, it shall be unlawful for any person to park or suffer to be parked any vehicle of any kind or description between the hours of 9:00pm and 6:00am, inclusive, upon any street, avenue or roadway in the Town, provided that vehicles may be parked for a period of time not longer than three minutes for actual loading of passengers or 30 minutes for actual loading or unloading of property, provided further that no other ordinance or local law restricting parking as to place or time is violated thereby.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have a dead tree in my yard. Who is responsible for cutting and hauling it?
A: The Highway Department is responsible if it is the town right-of-way (within 25 feet from the center of the road). Otherwise, you are responsible for the tree. We do not remove trees unless they are a hazard to the roadway. We also do not remove trees that have grown into utility wires. You will need to contact your utility company first.
Q: Who is responsible for the removal of dead animals?
A: The Highway Department will remove the dead animal if it is in/within a Town maintained road. Dead animals on State or County Roads should be referred to the appropriate agency.
Q: When are you going to plow my road?
A: We have 78 miles of road to salt and plow. Our plow routes take approximately 3.5 – 4 hours to complete. Your road will be addressed sometime during each plow run.
Q: Who fixes potholes and road damage?
A: The Highway Department is responsible as long as it is a Town maintained road. Any State or County Road should be referred to the appropriate agency.
The entire Highway Department would like to express their sincere thanks to all of you who stopped to visit us at the Fall Harvest Festival. We introduced Touch-A-Truck for the first time in 2012 and enjoyed our visits by both Little and Big Kids. This year we had the pleasure of meeting more of our little wonders as well as those who returned, another year older and even more intrigued.
Knowledge is a wonderful gift and we want to provide the opportunity for kids of all ages to learn that their passion for TRUCKS doesn't have to stop at High School. Whether repairing or operating equipment it's a great privilege knowing that you are working within your own community and making a difference. This is the next generation of Machine Operators. Why not let them know how rewarding being a Machine Operator can be!