Snow December 3 2020
Sylvania Township residents woke up to a blanket of snow Tuesday, but with roadways pretty much clear without dangerously slick conditions.
That circumstance began Monday when Rob Nash, superintendent of the roads department, made a decision to pull five of the nine trucks busy with leaf collection back into the garage to be fitted for snow and ice control.
He said he was a little reluctant to do it, “but our highest priority during snow season is to maintain safe roadways.”
The reluctance came from the fact that leaf collection is currently behind where he hoped it would be, “but safe roads are more important and the leaves will still be there and we’ll get back to them.”
Monday afternoon, although the snow was not yet accumulating, the five tucks were out spreading salt on the main roads through Sylvania Township.
That application was made as an attempt to retard any ice and snow accumulation overnight, he said. He added that at that time there had been predictions of up to 5 inches of snow possible by Tuesday morning.
Although the accumulation was significantly below that, “we can’t afford to ignore the weather forecasters,” Mr. Nash added.
There was enough snow coming down at 3:30 a.m., that Mr. Nash called for the five trucks and drivers to return to Sylvania Township roads and begin clearing them, “We wanted to be sure people had safe roads when they had to get to work or wherever it was they had to go,” Mr. Nash said.
To report a street that has been missed by the snowplow operator, please call the following:
During business hours: 419-882-0031, extension 1503
After business hours: Police Dispatcher 419-882-2055
Sylvania Township Road Department’s top priorities in a snowstorm are plowing Township roadways and clearing fire department & police station parking lots, which may require several trips along the same route.
Snow plowed from roadways may end up blocking residential driveways. We recognize the inconvenience, however, due to the nature of clearing snow-covered roadways; we plow snow to the curbside of the street.
To reduce the amount of snow that might block your driveway, shovel an open area along the shoulder at the entrance (see illustration below). Plow blades will then push snow into the area just before your driveway, leaving a much smaller amount in front it.
Please heed the snow advisories and other warnings issued by the Township, county, or state agencies.
Remember bridges and ramps freeze first and may be especially difficult to navigate.
Never pass a snowplow or salt truck, especially a plow train! Plow trains are groups of trucks that form a line across the lanes to clear snow. Operators may not see you or your car may get caught on a snow-covered plow edge. In addition, driving will be much easier if you stay at least 25 feet, or three car lengths, behind the snow emergency vehicle.
Do not abandon your vehicle. The safest place to wait for help is in your car. If your car breaks down, move your vehicle as far off the roadway as possible and lift the hood. Try to leave a distress signal, such as a scarf, hanging from the window. Please remember, when you abandon your vehicle, it may be subject to towing, ticketing and/or a fine.
Remember, when shoveling snow from your driveway; create a pile away from the roadway. A good rule is to shovel to the right when facing the street. However, keep in mind that the important thing is not to shovel the snow onto an area that will simply be plowed back onto the driveway when the state, county or Township snowplows come through.