RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A SNOW AND ICE
CONTROL POLICY FOR PRIVATE DRIVEWAYS AND
WHEREAS, the Town Board of New Dosey Township is the road authority and provides maintenance for approximately 20 miles of road in the Town;
WHEREAS, the Board, as the road authority provides for snow and ice control on the town roads it has designated to receive winter maintenance;
WHEREAS, the Board determines that it is in the best interest of the Town to develop a policy on winter road maintenance considering the limited budget, personnel and equipment available as well as the large geographic area and low population density of the Town.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board adopts the following as the Snow and Ice Control policy of the Town:
I. Policy Considerations
In developing policy for winter road maintenance, the Town must balance a number of factors including, but not limited to, the following: public safety, efficient transportation, safe and timely delivery of public services and emergency response, minimum impact on the environment and equipment and the safety of the individuals carrying out the work. Available funding and cost-effectiveness are also essential considerations.
Funding available for winter road maintenance comes from 2 sources: the Road & Bridge Levy set by the voters at the Annual Meeting and a component of the Property Tax and Gas Tax monies, distributed to the Townships via the County according to a formula based on population and road mileage and set by the State. Funding for plowing of private driveways is determined by state law”: MN Statute 160.21, subdivision 2 “a Town may remove snow from private property upon payment of not less that the cost thereof”. A fee is set that covers costs.
III. Timely Delivery of Maintenance (Priority of Work)
New Dosey Township has 2 distinct clusters of town roads. The eastern part of the township has 15.4 miles of roads prioritized for earliest plowing, then another 2.25 miles of roads plowed on request after the other roads are cleared. 1.8 miles of roads in the eastern part are generally not plowed. In the western part of the township 1.25 miles of roads have first priority and 1.75 miles of roads that are generally left unplowed as per landowner preference. 2 miles of roads in the center of the township are jointly managed by the Town and the DNR and left unplowed as part of the Willard Munger Trail system. The eastern and western priority roads are plowed by a motor grader (east) and plow-equipped truck (west). Priority is determined by 3 factors: (1) a U.S. mail route (2) a school bus route (3) considerable amount of traffic on the road. The above mentioned priorities only apply during times of heavy snowfall or drifting when considerable time would be expended in opening roads. Otherwise roads and driveways will be plowed in order on the route.
IV. Plowing of Private Drives
The Town will consider the plowing of private driveways if requested to do so whenever the following conditions are met: (1) when town equipment is engaged in plowing roads in the vicinity (2) when town equipment is passing a driveway returning from road work (3) when the plowing of driveways does not unduly delay the removal he snow from public roads (MN Statute 160.21 subdivision 2)
The following procedures will apply:
Requests for driveway plowing must be received no later than November 1st in order that the plowing route can be established prior to the first snowfall. Late requests will NOT be considered. The request must be accompanied by a fee of $120.00 payable to New Dosey Township and sent to: Fran Levings, Clerk, New Dosey Township, 76498 Squib Creek Dr., Sandstone, MN 55072.
V. EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS
The Township will plow snow accumulations of over 4 inches when the snowfall, blowing, and drifting have ceased. Under normal conditions, the most cost-effective and efficient sequence will be followed in the ordering of roads to be cleared.
VI. COMPLAINTS AND QUESTIONS concerning winter road and/or driveway work should be directed to one of the town board supervisors, NOT to the plow drivers.
(List of supervisors and phone numbers will be here)
VII. Following is a list of private individuals who will be available for plowing private driveways if you choose to hire one of them instead of the township.
1. Todd Elliott- 320-242-3036
2. Wes Cemenski 320-242-2613
The Town contracts for its sand and salt application. Property owners must contact someone individually for an application on private property.
VIII. REVIEW OF POLICY
a. The Board will periodically review this policy, taking into consideration any changing conditions in the Town’s circumstances, any complaints or comments received, and the experience learned from undertaking snow and ice control procedures.
Adopted this _____ day of ____________________, 2_______
BY THE TOWN BOARD : (Town Board Chair) _____________________________
Attest: (Town Clerk) ___________________________