Snow and Ice Manual

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2. Policy & Operating Procedures

2.1 Background

Within the geological boundaries of the Township are 204 miles of municipal road, 25.7 miles of state road, and 8 miles of private road under snow agreement. Under a written agreement with District VI of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Township is responsible for snow and ice control on the state roads within its boundaries. The Township is reimbursed on a per mile basis for all work done on state roads as specified in an annual contract with PaDot. Private roads are done if there is a written and properly executed agreement with the residents of the road. A one-time filing fee is paid and the road is then included with the rest of the public roads for snow plowing and salting. Private roads will be discussed in more detail in Section VIII.

In order to establish an effective program for dealing with the treatment of many miles of road, a priority system was developed over 30 years ago throughout the Township. This system has been effective and fair in handling storms of any size. The entire Township roadway network is designated as Priority I, II, or III type roads. The Priority I roads being the main corridors through the Township, Priority II are those that are considered major secondary roads which link or tie into the Priority I roads. Those roads that are classified as Priority III are the remaining portions of our roadway system including those that are private but under snow agreement.

2.2 Shift Policy

It shall be the policy of the Public Works Department not to utilize a shift work system under normal circumstances for snowstorms.

2.3 Overtime

The timing of a storm will dictate when personnel are held over or called to work. As a general policy, personnel will not be asked to work beyond midnight on any given day. The exception to this would include the holding of one foreman and three or four drivers to work through the night depending on the intensity of the storm and providing their total working hours does not exceed 18. In all cases, the decision to work beyond midnight will depend on the amount of hours worked and availability of drivers. The decision to suspend and when to resume operations will be made by the Director of Public Works or Assistant Director of Public Works. In the absence of either, the Highway Supervisor will make all decisions on hours worked.

No one is to work beyond 18 hours without a five-hour break. As a matter of safety there is to be no exception to this rule. Those individuals who report to work at 7:00 AM and work to midnight will be on duty a total of 17 hours. In those cases when it is determined to bring all personnel back to work at 4:00 AM the following day, all operations must be suspended by 11:00 PM in order to comply with the five hour off rule.

2.4 Meal Policy

When personnel are required to work beyond 6:00 PM, it will be the policy of the department to pay for a dinner meal at the amount specified by the current budget. Those individuals who work through the night until 7:00 AM will be entitled to breakfast paid by the Township at the amount specified in the current budget. The breakfast policy will only apply to those personnel who have worked from at least midnight. It shall not apply to early call in for emergency work.

2.5 Towing Policy

When a snow emergency has been declared and illegally parked vehicles interfere with plowing operations, it may become necessary to order the towing of a private vehicle at the owner’s expense as specified in Ordinance No. 2000, dated 5/19/1982. The Police Department is to be contacted in all cases and authorization to tow will be made only by the Police Department.

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