Residents are asked to remember the following to get through the winter season safely:
- Use off-street parking when snow is predicted. When you park your car in the driveway there's less snow to shovel.
- On-street parking, where no off-street parking is available, is only permitted on one side of the street. In an odd year parking is only permitted on the odd numbered side of the street.
- Don't park near storm drains, so crews can clear snow and ice to avoid flooding from the melting runoff.
- When shoveling your driveway, pile snow to the right. This will prevent the plow from covering your driveway opening again.
- Property owners are required to clear their sidewalks at least 30 inches wide within 36 hours after the snow stops.
- Residents are reminded that it is unlawful to park or abandon a car on any street any time within twelve hours after a snowfall of three inches or more, where off-street parking exists. Vehicles parked otherwise are subject to removal at the owner's expense.
- Any motor vehicle parked, stalled, incapable of moving under its own power, or left unattended upon any public street or highway in the Township at any time within twelve hours after a snowfall of three inches or more has occurred may be removed or towed to another location by the Police Department.
- Don't shovel or plow snow into the street. The plows will just move it back onto your driveway or sidewalk.
- Think Safety! Never approach moving snow removal equipment. Just because you can see the driver doesn't mean he can see you. We try to keep our crews fresh and rested, but extended weather emergencies can mean long hours for Township employees. Please keep children and pets off the streets as much as possible.
- If there's a fire hydrant by your home consider adopting it! You know where it is; if it's obscured by snow, fire companies responding to emergencies may not find it. Clearing the snow from the hydrant helps protect you and your neighbors.
Our goal is to have all township and state roads clear within 15-20 hours after the snow has stopped falling. In order for this to occur, however, we need your cooperation. The public works crews plow 48 miles of Township roads and 17 miles of state road. This translates into over 150 lane miles to clear - not an easy task!
If you have off street parking such as a driveway please use it. Please stack cars closely in your driveway and refrain from parking on the street. This will help our crews better clear and negotiate your street. Please do not throw snow back into the street while shoveling or cleaning off cars. This slows and impedes our operations and the plows will have to clear it again. This also violates Ordinance #1540. This Ordinance prohibits throwing, shoveling, or plowing snow onto highways, streets or roads in Plymouth Township.
Ideally, don't shovel the end of your driveway until the plows have finished with your street. Remember, all plows are angled to discharge snow to the curb on the right. It is impossible to plow the streets without the plow being angled.
Primary roads will be cleared first, followed by secondary streets and finally residential streets and cul-de-sacs. Residential street plowing will not begin until the snow stops falling. The reason for this is that our main focus and priority is keeping the main roads passable and clear while the snow is falling. We cannot concentrate our crews in the residential neighborhoods while the snow is falling because the main roads would become dangerous and potentially impassable.
Remember, the public works crews will put in long hard hours clearing the streets…..so please be patient and courteous.
ORDINANCE NO: 1540
AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 20-1 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO PROHIBIT THROWING, SHOVELING OR PLOWING SNOW ONTO HIGHWAYS, STREETS OR ROADS WITHIN PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP AND AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 20-2 ALLOWING FOR A FINE FOR THROWING, SHOVELING OR PLOWING SNOW ONTO HIGHWAYS, STREETS OR ROADS WITHIN PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP.
The Council of Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania does hereby enact and ordain the following:
Section 20-1 of the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, is hereby amended to add a new subsection (e) as follows:
(e) It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent, tenant, occupant of property,
person in charge of property including motels, garden apartments, high-rise apartments, multi-family dwellings, hotels and commercial properties within the Township to throw, shovel, push or plow snow into, across, or upon any roads, streets, sidewalks or Township rights-of-way within the Township.
Section 20-2 of the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, is hereby amended to read as follows:
(a) In any case where the owner, agent, tenant, occupant of property or
person in charge of property as described in Section 20-1(a-d), shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of such section within the time limit prescribed therein, the Township authorities may proceed immediately to cause such cleaning, clearing or removing of snow, ice, water, mud, dirt, debris or dangerous articles from the street, sidewalk or premises of such delinquents, and to collect the expenses thereof, with any additional amount allowed by law, from such owner, agent, tenant, occupant of property or person in charge of property, as the case may be, which may be in addition to any fine or penalty imposed under other provisions of this Code.
(b) In any case where the owner, agent, tenant, occupant of property or
person in charge of property including motels, garden apartments, high-rise apartments, multi-family dwellings, hotels and commercial properties as described in Section 20-1(e), violates this section, said owner, agent, tenant, occupant of property or person in charge of property shall be liable to pay a fine of not more than three-hundred dollars ($300) and not less than one-hundred fifty dollars ($150) for each and every offense. A person who receives a notice of violation of Section 20-1(e), may within 10 days of receipt of such notice, pay a reduced fine of seventy-five ($75) dollars.