Snow Emergency Procedure for Green Township

Image of Snow Plow removing snowWhen winter weather creates hazardous driving conditions, Green Township’s Department of Public Services crews work very hard to keep roads safe and passable. They are among the best in the business. This is not always an easy task. Vehicles parked on Township roads are the biggest obstacle to clearing streets of snow and ice. Therefore when conditions warrant, Green Township officials will declare a “Snow Emergency”. When a snow emergency is declared, all parked vehicles must be removed from streets maintained by Green Township. Generally speaking this means any publicly owned street within Green Township with curbs and without painted center lines. These are most often within residential subdivisions. There are just a few exceptions to these guidelines.

Green Township officials never take declaring a snow emergency lightly, because we realize what a hardship this can create for residents with limited off-street parking. However, at times, public safety must take priority and a snow emergency is declared. Whenever possible, these declarations are made during daytime hours when people can reasonably be expected to hear about them. Local television and radio stations are informed of our snow emergencies and announce them using the same systems the use for things such as school closings and other weather related information.

We ask that, when such a declaration is made, that all vehicles parked in affected areas be removed as quickly as possible. We ask residents to be good neighbors and allow those who may need any additional parking spaces to use any extra spots in your driveway possible. While it is a last resort that we try not to use, any vehicles remaining on the street after the effective time of a snow emergency may be ticketed and towed.

Snow and ice are not only dangerous to drive on, they can also slow emergency responses of our police officers, fire trucks and paramedics. Therefore, we will judiciously use our snow emergency system, always keeping public safety first and foremost. We ask for the public’s cooperation and compliance so we can best serve you. If you have any questions about this policy, or if your street is affected, please feel free to contact our offices at (513) 574-8832.