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Snow Removal and Snow Emergency Ordinance

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DPW Snow Plowing

Salt The Wixom Department of Public Works strives to provide unmatched snow and ice control services and is aware of the seriousness of keeping roads drivable for all Wixom residents during the winter season. Because of the seriousness of this task, the City utilizes a snow removal policy designed to prioritize roadway clearing efforts and make efficient use of our limited staff and financial resources, all with the intent of maintaining safe and passable roadways.

Our first priority is major roadways and school routes. These streets are an interlocking road system, connecting police and fire stations, rescue squad units, and county roads located within our City limits. The second priority is selected “hot spots” such as hills and curves. The third priority is the remaining roads and streets, which include residential streets that carry a lower volume of traffic.

As a resident and homeowner, you can aid our community during the winter months by keeping sidewalks clear of accumulated snow and ice, as required per City Ordinance.  When clearing your sidewalks and driveways, keep in mind it is a violation of City ordinance to shovel snow into public roadways; this could potentially cause vehicular accidents and or obstruct safe and free movement of automobiles. 

Additionally, please do not park in the street during snowfalls.  Cars parked in roadways hinder the ability of the DPW to plow roads.  Once a snow fall reaches 2”, it becomes an automatic snow emergency and NO PARKING is allowed on City streets until the roads have been cleared.  Please realize when the DPW plows, some snow will be deposited at the end of your driveway, or up against your mailbox and it is your responsibility to clear your own driveways and mailboxes.

 In Wixom, it is a rare occurrence for a snowplow to actually hit a mailbox, but the excess of heavy snow can knock down an unstable or shaky mailbox and/or posts. By taking certain inspection and maintenance and repair steps your mailbox winter time mishaps can be minimized.  In many cases, damage to posts and receptacles could have been avoided by routinely checking the post and mailbox for stability, tightening screws, repainting and replacing hinges to name a few. 

Also, you may be aware the cost of salt is continuing to rise every year.  One of the innovative ways the DPW has saved tax payers’ money is by performing anti-icing techniques before a snowstorm.  Under certain weather conditions, the plow trucks will apply salt brine with a beet juice additive to the roads.  The mixture, which appears brownish in color when applied, is harmless to the environment and washes off of your vehicle with water.  The brine is also applied to the salt making it more effective, which also allows the City to reduce salt usage; thus reducing costs and impact on the environment.

Snow Emergency Ordinance

In accordance with City of Wixom Traffic Control Order No. 88, residents and visitors are advised that parking on any street, highway, city parking lot or alley is prohibited during storm events of two (2) inches or more.  The purpose of this parking restriction is to allow the DPW to clear the roads faster and more effectively.

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Traffic Control Order No. 88 states, in part: No parking on any street, highway, parking lot, or alley after a snowfall and/or drifting snow of two (2) inches or more, prior to snow removal or plowing by the City on said street, highway, parking lot, or alley.  All vehicles found in violation of this traffic control order shall be ticketed and the owner, if possible, notified to remove said vehicle from the street, highway, parking lot, or alleyway.  In addition, the vehicle and/or trailer may be removed from the public street, highway, parking lot, or alleyway at the expense of the owner. 

Also, as a reminder, when the DPW plows, some snow will be left at the end of your driveway, or up against your mailbox.  The DPW is not able to clear your driveway or shovel out your mailbox, this is a resident responsibility.  Living in Michigan comes with the reality that during the winter, we will all be shoveling!

 Finally, residents and businesses are reminded that it is illegal under Michigan law to shovel or plow snow or ice into any road or highway, or to deposit snow on a road or road shoulder in such a way that it blocks motorists' views of traffic.  This creates a safety problem for motorists and additional work for snow removal forces and only serves to cause delays in clearing our streets.

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