Snow & Ice Control

The Snow & Ice Control Program was established to combat winter storms while maintaining public safety and preventing damage to life and property. Plowing operations commence after 2” of snow accumulation. Salting operations will continue during plowing until conditions deem it unnecessary or ineffective. Please click here for Snow & Ice Control Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here for a quick-guide of the Village’s snow and ice removal policies.

Street Parking During Snow Removal

The Village Code prohibits street parking during snowstorms and snow removal when accumulation reaches two inches. Parking is prohibited 24 hours after the snowfall stops or until the Village snow removal operations are completed, whichever is sooner. See Village Code Chapter 13-8.10.1 for more details.

During winter precipitation events (defined by Village ordinance as snowfall of less than two inches, or sleet, freezing rain or ice), the parking ban applies to one side of the street for those streets that are posted as 27 feet in width or less. This ban is also in effect for 24 hours after the event or until the clearing operation is complete. The purpose of the ban during sleet or freezing rain is to allow the Public Works trucks to spread salt. See Village Code Chapter 13-8.10.2 for more details.

Priorities for plowing and/or salting operations:

1. Arterial Streets

Opening and maintaining the condition of Arterial Streets is the main priority in all plowing operations. Arterial streets are normally plowed and salted with either one truck or two trucks running tandem.

2. Business / Commuter Sidewalk Routes

These routes are the first sidewalks plowed and salted. Whenever possible, the commuter sidewalk routes are completed by 6:00 a.m. and the business sidewalk routes completed by 8:00 a.m.  This operation occurs simultaneously with the arterial streets. Click here for a map of the Business / Commuter Sidewalk Route.

3. School Sidewalk Routes

High priority sidewalks near school zones have been designated and will be plowed after 2” of accumulation, when school is in session. The school crossing guard locations and crosswalks will be plowed and salted when school is in session. Click here for a map of the School Sidewalk Route.

4. Side Streets and Cul-de-sacs

Side streets are plowed by Village crews and cul-de-sacs are plowed by the Village’s private contractor after 2” of accumulation and after plowing and salting operations have concluded along the arterial streets. Normally, only side street intersections are salted, but the entire street can be salted if conditions dictate.

5. Alleys

These are plowed after 2” of accumulation and after all side-streets have been plowed.

6. Parking Lots

The plowing of public parking lots is performed by the Village’s private contractor. The contractor plows after 2” of accumulation, while Village crews salt all public parking lots after they have been plowed.

7. Residential Sidewalks/Carriage Walks

All residential sidewalks (excluding business/commuter and school routes) are plowed after 4″ of accumulation. This operation is completed within 48-72 hours after the storm has ended.

8. Bus Shelters

These areas are cleared and salted as needed after 4” of accumulation.

9. Clearing Commercial Districts

These areas are cleared of snow when the accumulation of snow creates a hazard for pedestrians using the district. The operation entails removing snow from the “transition zone” adjacent to the curb by pushing all of this snow into the parking area.