Snow and Ice Removal

Snow and Ice Removal

Snow & Ice Control Operations
A snow or ice storm is a fluid and dynamic event. The following set of guidelines are used by Village staff to provide safe roadways to the traveling public and emergency vehicles. Village staff varies from this plan when necessary to compensate for the variation in weather conditions and resources available that happen in a storm event. The goal of this plan is to use all Village resources to combat a storm event in the most effective and efficient manner.

Ice Control Operations are performed either as a predecessor to a full snow plowing operation or as a stand-alone operation. For snowfalls less than 2” in depth or ice storms, ice control operations alone are performed. The Village is divided into three sectors for salting purposes (north, central and south). A 4th truck is used to complete primary roadways and then provide assistance to the north, center and southern routes.

The roadways maintained by the Village are salted in this order:

1.  Primary Roadways
2.  Secondary Roadways
3.  Streets Adjacent to Schools
4.  All other Streets
    Primary Roadways are completely salted to allow for bare pavement from curb to curb. All other salting is limited to intersections, particularly stop controlled ones, within 100’ of the intersection as well as mid-block to prevent accumulations from bonding to the pavement. Salting of long dead end streets is performed by spot salting if insufficient vehicle traffic is present to wear away ice or snow accumulations. 

    Salting operations are initiated by the Police Department or at the direction of the Director of Public Works or Street Supervisor. Salting operations are stopped when a snow plowing operation is put into effect and will be suspended until the snowfall has stopped and enough snow has been plowed from the streets to allow an effective use of deicers.

    Snow plowing operations typically commence when a 2” snowfall has occurred or accumulations are fast approaching that depth with additional accumulation anticipated. 

    The Village roadways, alleys, and sidewalks are divided into multiple routes with some overlapping called for on Primary Roadways. Any Primary Street contained in an individual route is plowed first followed by the remainder of the route. Plowing operations continue until all roads are plowed from curb-to-curb and all alleys plowed open.

    Primary and Secondary Streets

    Primary Streets 
    York Road (Village plows South of Irving), Church Road, Jefferson Street, Green Street, Main Street and Foster Avenue

    Secondary Streets
    Jacquelyn Drive, George Street, Wood Street, Grove Street, Memorial Road, Washington Street, Roosevelt Avenue, Hillside Drive, Marshall Road, Spruce Street, Supreme Drive, Ellis Avenue (N), Mohawk Drive

    “Curbing” of Streets
    This process removes snow from the curbed area of streets to allow effective drainage when melting begins, this process also allows the driving lanes to be opened up to their “normal” size. "Curbing" is performed after snowfall has stopped and plowing operations are halted. 

    Several items can be used in order to effectively break down ice or to prevent it from forming. The most typical item used is sodium chloride, which is commonly referred to as salt. Village trucks are also equipped with on board prewetting systems which will utilize Beet Heet deicing liquids for more effective snow and ice removal.

    Winter Parking Restrictions
    Village Code 5-2-18 specifies the following: 
    A. It is unlawful to park or allow to remain any vehicle on any portion of any public street or highway following a snowfall of two inches (2") or more for a period of twenty four (24) hours, or until the streets have been cleared of snow, whichever period is less. 
    B. Vehicles which are parked in violation of this restriction will be ticketed and will be towed from the location of the violation to the storage area maintained by the towing firm authorized to remove the vehicle. 
    C. Permission for overnight parking on Village streets will not be granted following a snowfall of two inches (2") or greater. (Ord. 42-99, 7-20-1999) In order to ensure effective plowing and salting operations it is imperative vehicles are not parked on Village streets or in alleys. Alley parking is prohibited at any time (Ord. 12-83, 5-5-1983).

    Snow Plowing or Dumping Prohibitions
    Village Code 8-1-3: Snow Removal: No owner of any property situated in any zoning district shall place, deposit or dump snow removed from the sidewalks and driveways on said property onto the public streets or public alleyways. (Ord. 26-89, 5-16-1989) 605 ILCS 5/9-130:Sec. 9-130. No person, firm, corporation or institution, public or private, shall plow or remove or cause to be plowed or removed ice or snow from any shopping center, parking lot, commercial or institutional service area or driveway or any other public or private service area or driveway and deposit such ice or snow upon a public highway or along the shoulder or edge of a public highway. Such prohibition shall not pertain to a residential driveway or sidewalk. Any person, firm, corporation or institution, public or private, who violates this Section is guilty of a petty offense. (Source P.A. 83-1362)