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.

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