The purpose of this memo is to inform you of the Snow Emergency Route Procedures for Route 61 and Route 54. The procedures that govern the Snow Emergency Route have been enacted by Borough Ordinance. The following statements summarize the ordinance:
- The Chief of Police and Borough Manager will declare a Snow Emergency Route when weather predictions are calling for plowable snow. Typically, this will be a snowfall of three inches or more but may vary based on weather conditions.
- Snow Emergencies will be put on local radio and TV News stations. Additionally, the Police Department will announce the Snow Emergency over their intercom system while driving the Emergency Route.
- When a Snow Emergency is declared, all vehicles must be moved from the route between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM to allow the PADOT trucks to plow to the curb. A Snow Emergency can be declared from November 1st to March 31st.
- During normal operations, parking on the designated Snow Emergency Route is permissible. The 2:00 AM to 6:00 AM parking ban is only enforced when an emergency is declared.
- All Snow Emergencies will be declared before 8:00 PM. This will allow residents six hours to move their vehicles from the Emergency Route.
- Vehicles that are not removed from the Snow Emergency Route during a declared Snow Emergency will be ticketed or towed away at the owner’s expense.
- The Police Department will issue $50.00 citations to vehicles that remain parked on the Emergency Route when a Snow Emergency is declared.
- The Police Department also has the authority to have vehicles towed from the Snow Emergency Route. Vehicles will be towed at the expense of the owner. Towing will be done as a last resort to moving the vehicle from the Emergency Route.
- Vehicles will be towed by a bonded towing company. All vehicles will be towed to the Memorial Field where they will be stored in a secure area. The vehicles will be released to the proper owner after the towing companies rate is paid in full within 48 hours of when the vehicle was towed.
- The Borough will store the vehicle in the Memorial Field for 48 hours. If a vehicle is not claimed within 48 hours a $10.00/day fee will be charged for storage of that vehicle. Vehicles will be released after the towing fee and storage charges are paid in full.
- As a resident of the Snow Emergency Route you may be concerned about shoveling your sidewalk. The ordinance for the clearing of sidewalks requires all residents to clear a path 24 inches wide on their sidewalks within 24hours of a storm. Therefore, it is not necessary to shovel the entire sidewalk on your property.
- The ordinance for the clearing of sidewalks also prohibits residents from piling snow around fire hydrants and from throwing snow into the street. Both of these instances may result in a fine of $50.00 for the first offense.
In conclusion, The Borough of Ashland has decided to enact a Snow Emergency Route as a means to save money. Snow Removal, especially on Centre Street and Hoffman Boulevard is an expensive endeavor. Please do your part and move your vehicles from the proposed route in a timely manner when an Emergency is declared.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.