Snow & Ice Control
Union Grove Public Works strives to remove snow and ice in an expeditious and orderly manner. As salt inventory permits, salt is applied to these streets at each intersection and on hills and curves. Plowing is provided to keep these streets passable to normal vehicular traffic. Each storm occasion and developing conditions require consideration of removal methods and tools for salting and plowing. Click here for our Basic Snow Plowing Guidelines.
Snow & Ice Control Topics
The owner, occupant, or person in charge of each and every building or structure or unoccupied lot in the Village fronting or abutting any street shall clean, or cause to be cleaned, the sidewalk in front of or adjoining such home, building, or unoccupied lot, as the case may be, of snow or ice to the width of such sidewalk within 24 hours after the end of the snowfall. If snow or ice is not cleared, the Village will clear the sidewalk. The owner, occupant, or person in charge shall be sent a statement for the actual labor cost of removal by the Village. Any snow or ice clearance charge that is unpaid by the due date set forth in the statement shall be delinquent and shall be collected via the benefited parcel’s next tax bill as a special charge.
A snow emergency (or winter storm emergency) may be declared by the Village due to snow accumulation of 3 inches or more or ice accumulation of 1/8 inch or more during any 24 hour period. Snow emergencies are announced on the Village social media platforms and local television news outlets. When a snow emergency has been declared, no person may park, stop, or leave standing any vehicle upon any public street, highway, or alley within the Village for the duration of the snow emergency, except for vehicles loading or unloading passengers or property for a period not to exceed 15 minutes and provided that no other parking restriction is violated thereby. This paragraph does not apply to physicians on emergency calls. Any vehicle parked on any public right-of-way during a winter storm emergency may be towed and the vehicle’s owner will be responsible for the costs of towing and storing the vehicle. Additionally, or in lieu of towing, the vehicle’s owner may be cited, with all towing and storage costs, if any, added to the forfeiture.
No person shall use the public streets or any other public property as a place for disposal of snow from private property. Pushing, dumping, blowing, throwing, or otherwise transferring snow from private property to a public street or any other public property is prohibited. Provisions of this section shall not apply to snow removal under the direction of the Department of Public Works by Village Employees or contractors performing work under contract with the Village. If the occupant, owner, or person acting on behalf of the occupant or owner does not comply with this section, the Village may cause the work to remove the snow to be done and the expense billed to the owner, occupant, or person in charge utilizing the procedure.
Make sure your mailbox is winter-ready by ensuring it is straight, sturdy, and stable and meets US Postal Service installation and maintenance requirements: 41 to 45 inches off the ground, 6 to 8 inches back from the curb or edge of the pavement, buried 24 inches in the ground and able to safely break away if struck by a vehicle. If your mailbox does not meet these requirements and is damaged during snow removal operations, repair/replacement will be at the property owner’s cost.
Property owners are responsible for clearing snow around fire hydrants that are adjacent to their property. If a fire hydrant is lost or buried in the snow, firefighters can lose valuable time trying to locate and dig out the hydrant when they arrive. Clear the snow three feet all around the hydrant so firefighters have enough room to connect a hose.