Residents and business owners are reminded that, by ordinance, all sidewalks are to be shoveled within 24 hours after a snowfall if they abut a public or private street.
Snow removal is very important in West Whiteland Township from a safety standpoint. Our process is as follows:
- As soon as the snow begins to stick on the roads, a salt mixture is placed on all of the Township-owned roads.
- As soon as snow is three inches deep, plowing begins.
- If it looks as if it is only going to be a four or five-inch snow, we may wait until the snowfall ends before plowing.
- If it is going to be an extended snow, six inches or more, the staff continuously plow to make certain that all of the Township roads are open, so that should there be an emergency, a fire truck, ambulance, or policeman could get into any area of the Township.
- Within five hours of the end of the snow, we anticipate having all the roads cleared full width.
- Park on any Township street from two hours after the start of continuous snowfall until the street has been plowed for the full width. Violators may have their vehicles towed and may be subject to fines up to $300. This is critical on narrow streets and cul-de-sacs where maneuverability of the large plow trucks is essential.
- Wait to clear the end of your driveway until the road is plowed from curb to curb. This will save you time and frustration. If your street is not yet plowed back to the curb, it will be. When clearing snow, pile it on your own property, not in the street or on the sidewalk.
- Clear the snow around the fire hydrant on your property.
- Place your garbage containers and recycle bins on a cleared area—not perched on piles of snow.
- Clear your sidewalks and curbs and apply anti-icing treatments to the sidewalks to avoid slippery ice patches. Neighborhood children need safe access to schools and bus stops throughout the winter months.
- Help prevent street flooding and icing by clearing snow away from storm sewers. When the weather turns warmer and snow begins to melt, it is important that the runoff water gets into the storm sewer.