GOSHEN — With the snow season in full effect, Goshen’s Street Department is now on full alert for snow removal.
Mayor Allan Kauffman said Monday, Dec. 16, at the Board of Public Works meeting that he’d fielded some calls from residents concerned about the amount of snow on their streets the day after the weekend’s significant snowfall.
Kauffman said residents of Goshen have gotten used to very quick response times from the Street Department, but noted that the street cleaners must first make sure the most-traveled streets are clear.
In a post on the city’s Facebook page, Kauffman said crews must keep the main roads open before attending to less-traveled streets, such as side streets, neighborhood streets and alleys.
Street Commissioner Denny Long said at Monday’s meeting that the Street Department was also finishing leaf collection right up until Friday. The weekend’s weather forced the department to make a quick transition to snow removal.
The Mayor’s office sent out a release Monday afternoon reminding residents to be patient when waiting for snow removal and to drive carefully, especially on streets that have not been plowed.
The release also reminded residents that Goshen relies on individuals to remove snow and ice from sidewalks voluntarily, especially areas within the one-mile walk zones of the city’s schools.
As for the bike and pedestrian paths in the city, the Parks Department clears the Maple City Greenway path to Goshen Middle School after just one inch of accumulation.
After two inches, however, Parks staff removes snow from all other trails within the city.
The release from the Mayor’s office also reminds residents to clear areas around mailboxes, utility meters and fire hydrants, and to park in garages or driveways where possible, rather than in the street.
“The Street crew has done an exceptional job handling the most recent snow storm effects,” Kauffman said in the release.
“The continued cooperation of residents is imperative as crews push snow back to make space for future snowfall.”