Snow and ice removal in the City of Green is a combined effort of the City's Public Service Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), District 4.
The Public Service Department is responsible for snow and ice removal from more than 324 lane miles of city roads. The state is responsible for plowing and treating over 43 lane miles of roadways and ramps on Interstate 77 located within the city limits.
It is our goal to provide a transportation system that is passable and reasonably safe as much of the time as possible within the limitations imposed by the natural environment and the availability of equipment, material and personnel resources. As a result of those limitations, it is recognized that there will be occasions when the pavement and bridge surfaces will be slippery and/or snow and ice covered. During these periods customers (drivers) must recognize the conditions and operate their vehicles in an appropriately safe manner.
City of Green will conduct snow and ice control activities that afford customers a reasonably safe and passable (not necessarily bare) road surface as much of the time as possible. To accomplish that, snow and ice accumulations will be removed as soon as possible, consistent with the stated priorities and resources in the 2012-2013 Snow and Ice Control Plan.
The City has established a traffic volume and route type classification system for determining the priority of snow and ice control operations. Generally a lowered level of service will be provided between the hours of 11 PM and 5 AM.
After a snow and ice event has ended, all city maintained roads should be cleared within 24 hours. Certain conditions such as blizzards, whiteouts, other locally severe snow or ice events may temporarily preclude achieving this goal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Emergency calls during snow removal season should be placed to the Highway Division, (330) 896-6607, Monday thru Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm or the Public Service Director's office at (330) 896-4176. Weekends and evenings, please call the City of Green Dispatch at (330) 896-6610.
- Do not park on CITY streets, especially during snow or ice events (they may be ticketed and towed where there is no street parking signage)
- Keep basketball devices at least 12 feet from the edge of pavement
- Do not park cars in driveways within 12 feet of edge of pavement
- Do not allow children to build and occupy snow forts and similar creations within 12 feet of the edge of pavement
- Do not relocate snow from driveways and sidewalks into the paved street. This is in violation of Ohio law and will cause a hazardous condition on the street (ORC, Chapter 55)
- Fences should not be within 12 feet of the edge of pavement
- Remove all non-permanent seasonal items from within 12 feet of edge of pavement
- Trim trees so that branches do not extend beyond the back of the curb
- Pile most of the snow from the driveway throat on the traffic downstream side. This will minimize visibility problems
- Place all trash cans and refuse in driveway, not in the roadway
You can help reduce the possibility of a damaged/broken mailbox or mailbox post. Plow operators are urged to take precautions to avoid hitting mailbox posts. Experience has shown that reduced visibility during a storm makes it difficult for a driver to see a post in time to avoid striking it or pushing it over with plowed snow. Owners are encouraged to install mailboxes at the maximum usable distance from the edge of the pavement.
Posts should also be checked for deterioration to reduce the possibility that the weight of the plowed snow may simply break or push the post over.
In the event that your mailbox is hit by a plow or your yard is damaged, contact the Highway Division, (330) 896-6607, Monday thru Friday 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Any damage from snow and ice control operations must be reported by April 1 of each year, or the claim may be denied.
Any installation within the right of way -including a mailbox/post, sprinkler head and landscaping -is placed there at the owner's risk. When placing a new mailbox, make sure the front face of the mailbox is at least 6" behind the curb in curbed areas and at least 6" behind the edge of pavement in areas that do not have a curb.
Following is a list of roads/plans that are NOT maintained by the CITY (they are either maintained by the state or receive private maintenance). If the road you live on is not on the following list, then you receive winter maintenance from the CITY.
PARKING BANS FOR SNOW EMERGENCIES - CITY OF GREEN ORDINANCE 452.115
(a) In order to facilitate the cleaning of public streets and expedite the free flow of traffic, motor vehicles shall not be parked on public streets in the City at such times as the United States Weather Bureau records indicate that two inches of snow has fallen and that there is a prospect of further snowfall. Law enforcement officers are authorized to provide for the removal of any motor vehicle parked in violation of this section.
(b) It is the responsibility of the owner or operators of motor vehicles to ascertain whether or not conditions require the removal of their motor vehicles from the streets designated, and to removal all cars parked in violation of this section. The City shall use all available means to disseminate information as to the existence of weather conditions requiring removal of parked motor vehicles from the areas designated, including radio, television, newspapers and other available media to the extent feasible. The dissemination of this information does not relieve owners or operators of motor vehicles from the responsibility of ascertaining the existence of weather conditions requiring the removal of parked motor vehicles from the areas designated.
(c) Any motor vehicle that is removed pursuant to this section shall be towed in accordance with any City towing ordinance in effect at the time.
(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. In addition, where a motor vehicle is towed to a motor vehicle pound, the motor vehicle may be recovered only upon the payment of the towing charges to the impound lot.
(Ord. 94-2. Passed 2-8-94.)
Miles of Roads: Approximately 324 lane miles
Number of bridges: 31 (Span over 10')
Number of Cul-de-sacs: 168
Signalized Intersections: 25
Salt Storage: Salt barn capable of storing 6,000 tons of material
Salt dome capable of storing 2,250 tons of material
Brine: (1) 5,600 gallon above ground tank
Average Annual Snow & Ice Program
Salt Usage: 6,500 Tons
Miles Driven: 60,000
Labor hours: 50,000