With frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall set to continue, additional inclement weather reminders have been provided to residents in Willoughby Hills.
“I cannot say enough about the job that our service department has done over the past few weeks,” said Mayor Andy Gardner. “Some of the storms have been wicked and they have done an outstanding job in keeping up with it, and keeping us all safe.”
The city Service Department runs four plow routes, which are outlined on the city’s website. Residents can plan that they will follow these routes with the exception to return to the City Hall lot for salt replenishment.
“We currently have an adequate supply of salt in inventory and will continue to salt the streets, and intersections to ensure safety,” Gardner said. “Give our plows room to work. Do not try to go around them, preventing a dangerous situation for them, or your or others.”
As a reminder, the city is not able to provide snow plow service to private streets for various reasons, including the weight limits and cul de sacs. Private streets normally contract with a vendor to service them, Gardner said.
In addition, the city cannot plow private driveways or aprons as there is a liability for the city to do this. It is recommended that each resident seeks out the services of a contractor on their own if they are unable to do it themselves.
“A good hint in seeking a contractor is to check with your neighbors to see who they use,” Gardner said. “Oftentimes, the contractor will provide a better rate if he is already serving a neighbor.”
In the event that a city snowplow truck has knocked a mailbox down, residents should notify the service department immediately at 440-975-3550.
“We are only responsible for mailboxes that are knocked down by our vehicles, not something knocked down by others,” Gardner said. “Please be respectful of that.”
Fire Chief Robert Gandee has also reminded residents to shovel around fire hydrants in their area to make them easy to get to in the event of an emergency. If a resident has a more modern furnace or hot water tank, they should be advised that some of them vent through the side wall. Residents should make sure that the snow is away from them or they may experience problems with the function of the appliances.
Residents should also make sure they have a working CO detector in their home to alert them in case a carbon monoxide buildup occurs.