Snow Clearing Information

Snow Plowing Policy
During regular work hours, the Mt. Healthy Police Department or the Public Works Department determines when streets become unsafe and require attention.  After regular work hours, the Police Department calls in snow plows when conditions become unsafe.

The city is divided into 3 sections with a snow plow in each section.  Priority is given to the main streets, intersections, school zones, streets with hills and curves.  The main streets are cleared first.  The secondary streets and subdivisions are given equal attention after the main streets and school zones are cleared.

These main streets are cleared first:

Hamilton Ave.
Compton Rd.
Adams Rd.
Harrison Ave.
Stevens Ave.
Park Ave.
Clovernook Ave.
Bernard Ave.
Kinney Ave.
Seward Ave.
Forest Ave.
Perry St.

During prolonged snowstorms, it is necessary for the snow plow operators to make repeated passes on the main streets to keep traffic flowing.  This delays the plows from clearing the neighborhood streets.

Salting Policy
City crews will apply salt on the main streets, intersections, school zones, streets with hills and curves.  Due to the area wide salt shortage and the resulting decrease in our salt allocation, the City of Mt. Healthy will follow this salting policy. Please slow down and drive with caution.

Parking During Snowstorms
During snow events, residents are asked to use off street parking.  By parking off the streets, this will enable the city snow plow crews to clear the streets more efficiently.

Plowing in Alleys & City Parking Lots
Alleys and city parking lots will be plowed when time permits.

Guidelines When Clearing Sidewalks and Driveways
Snow plow crews first open the center of all the secondary streets and then return to push snow to the curb.  Residents are encouraged to wait until the snow crews have completed their second round before removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks next to the street.  Most of our complaints are from residents who have spent a lot of time clearing their driveways only to have the snow pushed back into the driveway when the snow plow crews make their second pass.

Once the crews have cleared the street, do not push or blow the snow from your driveway into the street.  Passing motorists drive over the fresh snow and pack it down.  When the temperature drops, that snow forms slippery patches resulting in a driving hazard.

Snow Plow Safety on the Road
The snow plow operator’s vision is often reduced by blowing snow coming off the snow blade.  Do not assume the snow plow operators can see you approaching.  When following a snow plow, if you cannot see the side mirrors on the snow plow, the driver cannot see you.

Remember that snow plows must maintain a certain speed for the plows to be effective.

For your safety and the safety of the snow plow drivers, give them plenty of room to make wide turns, keep a safe distance behind the plows and do not pass the plows.

City crews do a more effective job when residents travel only when necessary and use off street parking when available.

Safety of Children
Caution your children not to play in the snow piles or drifts near the street and to always stay clear of the snow plow.

Safety of Refuse and Recycle Crews
On refuse and recycle collection day, place your trash and recycle bin at the corner of your drive, NOT on top of the snow piled along the edge of the street.

Inspect, replace and/or repair your mailbox before the snow season.  The city only repairs mailboxes that are hit by the snow plow.  The city does not repair mailboxes that are damaged by snow thrown from the snow plow.

Snow Emergency Levels
Level 1
*   Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
*   Roads are icy.
*   Caution should be used when driving.
No parking in posted snow emergency routes.

Level 2
*   Roadways are extremely hazardous with blowing and drifting snow.
*   Only those persons who felt it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways.
*   Your employer should be contacted to see if you should report to work.
No parking in posted snow emergency routes.

Level 3
*   All roadways are closed to non-emergency traffic.
*   Employees should contact their employers to see if they should report to work.
*   An employer may request that all essential employees report to work.
*   All other travel is subject to arrest.
No parking in posted snow emergency routes.