Town of Franklin  Department of Public Works Sidewalk Snow Removal Program January 6 th , 2009
Snow Removal Priorities <ul><li>Roadways </li></ul><ul><li>Public Buildings / Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Sidewalks </li></u...
School Policy on Inclement Weather <ul><li>What is the parents responsibility? </li></ul><ul><li>“ On days when the weathe...
Resources <ul><li>Three Snow Removal Machines </li></ul><ul><li>31 Operators Budgeted </li></ul><ul><li>On 12/28 only 25 o...
Challenges <ul><li>Over 35 miles of sidewalks identified for snow removal operations. </li></ul><ul><li>  1. School walkin...
Time to Clear Sidewalks <ul><li>Less then six inches of snow, snow plows are used. </li></ul><ul><li>More then six inches ...
December 19-20 th  Snow Storm <ul><li>Crews started working 9PM on Sat. night </li></ul><ul><li>Finished at 7PM on Sunday,...
Possible Solutions to Increase Timeliness of Sidewalk Plowing <ul><li>Purchase additional sidewalk machines.  (each cost a...
Other Options <ul><li>Continue to educate the public, particularly parents with school aged children, about the Town’s sid...
<ul><li>Picture taken 12/22/2009 @ 2:30PM on Brook St. </li></ul>Student walking in street Recently installed & plowed sid...
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Sidewalk Snow Removal 20100106

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The presentation by the Franklin, MA - Dept of Public Works on the sidewalk snow removal plans for this winter. The presentation was made to the Town Council on 1/6/10.

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Sidewalk Snow Removal 20100106

  1. 1. Town of Franklin Department of Public Works Sidewalk Snow Removal Program January 6 th , 2009
  2. 2. Snow Removal Priorities <ul><li>Roadways </li></ul><ul><li>Public Buildings / Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Sidewalks </li></ul>These priorities were established with cooperation of the School and Police Departments.
  3. 3. School Policy on Inclement Weather <ul><li>What is the parents responsibility? </li></ul><ul><li>“ On days when the weather is questionable but the schools are open, Please feel free to exercise your parental discretion to keep you child home…” </li></ul>From the “ Inclement weather and school closing information sheet” , distributed to all school students and their parents. Also available on the Town’s webpage.
  4. 4. Resources <ul><li>Three Snow Removal Machines </li></ul><ul><li>31 Operators Budgeted </li></ul><ul><li>On 12/28 only 25 operators available </li></ul>Due to unfilled vacancies, military deployment, worker’s compensation. Fewer may be available due to illness, or vacation .
  5. 5. Challenges <ul><li>Over 35 miles of sidewalks identified for snow removal operations. </li></ul><ul><li> 1. School walking routes </li></ul><ul><li> 2. Downtown areas </li></ul><ul><li>3. High traffic / speed routes </li></ul><ul><li>Mother Nature </li></ul><ul><li>1. Timing of Storm </li></ul><ul><li>2. Length of Storm </li></ul><ul><li>3. Type of Snow </li></ul><ul><li>4. Amount of Snow </li></ul>
  6. 6. Time to Clear Sidewalks <ul><li>Less then six inches of snow, snow plows are used. </li></ul><ul><li>More then six inches of snow, snow blowers are used. </li></ul>1 day 2-3 days
  7. 7. December 19-20 th Snow Storm <ul><li>Crews started working 9PM on Sat. night </li></ul><ul><li>Finished at 7PM on Sunday, 22 hours total. </li></ul><ul><li>A total of 18 inches of snow fell. </li></ul><ul><li>Sidewalk removal started @ 4AM on Monday December 21 st . </li></ul><ul><li>Completed on Wednesday Dec 23th. </li></ul><ul><li>Total cost of Storm: $158,050.00 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Possible Solutions to Increase Timeliness of Sidewalk Plowing <ul><li>Purchase additional sidewalk machines. (each cost approximately $120K) (financial decision?) </li></ul><ul><li>Deployment of Staff. (collective bargaining issues?) </li></ul><ul><li>Outsource work. (finding a contractor?) </li></ul><ul><li>Require residents to remove snow on sidewalks in front of their property. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other Options <ul><li>Continue to educate the public, particularly parents with school aged children, about the Town’s sidewalk snow removal plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce the School’s Inclement Weather and School Closing policy to parents of school aged children. </li></ul><ul><li>Educate the Children about the dangers of walking in the roadway. </li></ul><ul><li>Delay or Close schools until the sidewalks are cleared. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Picture taken 12/22/2009 @ 2:30PM on Brook St. </li></ul>Student walking in street Recently installed & plowed sidewalk

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