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FAQs  Snow & Ice Management

These FAQ's have been compiled by your Home Owners Association to help neighbors understand the expectations and responsibilities related to Snow and Ice Management in the Parkwood Estates Sub-Division. Please contact your HOA at Webmaster@MicroRAP.biz with any questions.

 What is the Homeowner Associations Boards Responsibility?

It is the Board's responsibility that every effort has been made to make sure that the roads are safe and passable without incurring excessive costs to the homeowners. The Board realizes not everyone will be happy with the way snow is moved throughout the community; however, the Board must look out for the best interests of the  community as a whole.

 How quickly after a snow storm should I expect the roads to be cleared?

The Association contract with the snow removal contractor states that streets are to be cleared within 8 hours of the completion of a 2" or greater snow event. Any event of 8" or more accumulation of snow from any single snowfall during a twenty-four (24) hour period is considered a snow emergency and snow plowing may be delayed, however, every effort will be made to plow the snow as expeditiously as possible.

 What condition should I expect the roads to be left in following a snowfall?

Homeowners should expect roadways to be reasonably clear of snow and accessible following a snowfall. There may not be bare concrete following a visit from the plowing contractor, it is acknowledged that there may be a "snowpack" from previous lighter snow events and or sub-freezing temperatures. The plowing contractor will make a reasonable effort to plow streets to within 8" of the curbline. A designated Board Member will determine if clearing is sufficient.

 What is my responsibility as a Homeowner/Resident?

Vehicles left in the street risk damage from snow and ice hurled from passing snow removal trucks. The snow removal contractor is not responsible for damage to vehicles unless the snow blade physically contacts parked cars. Further, vehicles left in the street increase the amount of snow mounded in your driveway and your neighbor's driveway as plows maneuver around them.  Please remove all vehicles from the street when snowfall is expected!

Also:

Canton Township Ordinance "Snow Removal, 62-37" states,

No person shall permit ice or an accumulation of snow to remain on any sidewalk adjacent to a lot or parcel occupied by him, or on a sidewalk adjacent to any unoccupied lot or parcel owned by him for a longer period than 72 hours after the ice or snow has formed or fallen. This does not include sidewalks to the rear of a lot or parcel.

There is a fire hydrant on my property, who is responsible for clearing snow from around it?

Homeowners are required to ensure the fire hydrant is clear. Clear 3' around the hydrant to be sure the fire department can access the discharge ports when needed.

What am I supposed to do with all this snow on my driveway?

Homeowners are reminded that it is illegal to dump snow into the road in front of their house.

Ordinance MCL 257.667a,

A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle. A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice or slush on any roadway or highway.

Violation of this ordinance is a misdemeanor.

The plow left a pile of snow in my driveway. Why?

Typically the pile of snow left across the entrance to your driveway is a "windrow": the discharge of the plow as it travels in the direction of the road, pushing the snow to the side. This is an unavoidable aspect of snow plowing and homeowners are responsible for the removal of this snow.

In the event the plow leaves a pile of snow because of a "push" (i.e. plowing snow across a road, ending the push in a driveway), homeowners should take a picture and direct the issue to the designated Home Owners Association Board Member who will evaluate and determine a course of action.

The plow left a large "windrow" in front of my mailbox, do I need to clear it to allow the post office to deliver the mail? 

Yes, it is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure access to their mailbox. If a homeowner believes the windrow to be excessive, homeowners should take a picture and direct the issue to the designated Home Owners Association Board Member who will evaluate and determine a course of action.

Why don't we salt every road in the neighborhood?

Due to environmental, road preservation considerations and budget concerns, your Homeowners Association generally limits the application of salt/ice melt material to designated intersections, which are applied on a limited basis. In the event of an unusual event that the Board deems to be a significant safety hazard, the Board may authorize salting of all areas that it deems necessary. This is for extreme circumstances only and only if the Associations funds allow.

Help! The plow just took out my (mailbox/lawn/driveway/or other personal property)!

While every effort is made to hire reputable, quality, conscious contractors, there is a possibility that property damage could occur as a result of snow plowing. If this were to occur, homeowners should take a picture and direct the issue to the designated Home Owners Association Board Member who will evaluate and determine a course of action. 

Homeowners are reminded that existing property conditions will be considered when determining course of action.  For example, a mail box post with rot at the bottom may be more likely to fail when plowing occurs.

 


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