Snow Management at Home
If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please clear the snow from around the hydrant. This will assist fire crews in the event of an emergency.
Clearing Sidewalk & Handicap Ramps
Residents are required to clear snow or ice from their sidewalks within 24 Hours after a storm ends. Sidewalks should be cleared to a minimum of three feet wide. This includes sidewalk ramps on your property. Please Do Not Throw Snow on the Roadways. It is against Borough Ordinance and creates dangerous driving conditions, as well as, frustrates both the snowplow operator and residents alike.
Clearing Your Driveway
As salting and plowing are difficult operations to perform, residents are requested to park in their driveways or off the street if possible. Please keep in mind that it is almost impossible to keep snow from being deposited at your driveway during plowing, as the plow cannot be lifted or stopped at each driveway it passes.
If you clear your driveway before the street is plowed, here is a tip that will minimize the amount of snow left in front of your driveway. When your driveway is cleared, clear an area to the left of the driveway entrance (standing in the driveway facing the street). When your street is plowed, the snow from the plow can be unloaded in this area instead of your driveway. Plows sometimes find it necessary to make several passes, in order to clear snow all the way to the curb to allow for proper drainage.
Please do not empty snow from your driveway into the street. This slows the overall plowing operation. Also, if snow is placed in the street and freezes, it can create a traffic hazard.
For properties that only have on-street parking, please remember, the streets of Phoenixville are open to all the public, in any location. Clearing a spot does not legally give any one person the right to “reserve” that spot with the various forms of reservation methods seen in the past, typically lawn chairs, tables, buckets, trash cans, and other various household items. Any items found in the streets are regarded as refuse, and will be disposed of each and every time it is witnessed by the Codes Department personnel.
Checking your mailbox now will keep you worry free all winter when snow plows pass by. Please ensure your mailbox is secure and does not lean over the curb-line. Mailboxes that lean over the curb-line are more likely to get hit by a snowplow. Mailboxes and mailbox posts that are loose, rotten or in generally poor condition can be knocked over by heavy snow. Mailboxes will not be repaired or replaced if damaged by heavy snow.
Basketball Hoop Stands
During the winter months please move basketball hoop stands back from the roadway. Snow plows are taller vehicles and may hit basketball stands that extend over the roadway.