October 2020-January 2021 NEWSLETTER
WINTER MAINTENANCE POLICIES
The objective of the York Township Department of Public Works winter maintenance program is to provide safe roads to the traveling public.
WINTER MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
We divided all Township roads into 18 sections or routes. An operator with pre-determined equipment is assigned to one of these 18 routes. The majority of the time this is the standard deployment, however depending on the conditions we may only deploy 6 operators to treat the snow emergency roads or what is designated as the priority routes. Snow emergency roads are posted with signs and are designated as such due to factors of high traffic volume, steep grades, and areas with limited access or close proximity to the Schools, Police, Fire and Medical Facilities.
Prior to the storm you may notice the pretreating of certain priority roads with liquid brine. The brine is a specific concentration (23.3 %) of sodium chloride that lowers the freezing point of water. Although we would like to pre-treat all of our roads, it’s just not possible due to time and equipment availability. When appropriate we plan to pretreat all of the snow emergency routes with liquid brine.
On rare occasions a snow emergency will be declared. The initial focus will be on the priority (snow emergency posted) roads. The snow emergency declaration will be broadcast on the local radio and television stations and will be posted on the York Township website. Again, all snow emergency streets are identified with signage. After the snow emergency is declared, it shall be unlawful at any time during the continuance of the emergency for any person:
- To park a motor vehicle or to allow that vehicle to remain parked anywhere on any snow emergency routes designated; or
- To operate a motor vehicle on any such snow emergency route in such a manner or in such a reasonable condition as to allow or permit such vehicle to become stalled on such route, either by reason of the fact that the driving wheels of such vehicle are not equipped with tire chains or effective tires or by reason of the fact that the motor fuel supply of such vehicle has been allowed to become exhausted.
Please be aware that failure to abide by the above is a violation of a Township ordinance and may result in fines and / or towing costs. For a complete listing of the streets and a full text of the ordinance please visit the Township web site.
Many roads within York Township are owned and maintained by PennDOT. Refer to website for list. PennDOT has their own policies and procedures for winter maintenance. Please contact the local PennDOT maintenance office at 848-6230 for assistance. “York Township does not remove snow on state roads”
MAILBOXES and DRIVEWAYS
York Township WILL NOT compensate property owners should their mailbox, or any other object become damaged due to the removal of snow from Township roads. Any object placed in the road right-of-way, including a mailbox, fence, landscaping, etc. is at the owner’s risk. The public right of way is on average 50 feet wide (25 feet from the center of the roadway).
It is suggested that you wait until after all plowing is complete before shoveling out the end of your driveway. If you do shovel out before the plows have come thru try to clear a spot upstream of your driveway. This will allow the snow from the plow to unload before the driveway. It won’t prevent all snow from going back in front of your driveway but it will reduce the amount. The snow must be plowed from the street, therefore all driveways and properties will be affected to some degree.
It takes time to get to all these roads safely. Considering the 80 plus cul –de –sacs and several hundred intersections makes it even more time consuming. Please be patient. Each and every storm is different, however the only constant is our response. You can find links to plow routes and maps by visiting the public works area on the York Township web site thru out the Township.
Brush is defined as tree limbs, shrubbery, leaves and the like (no grass) no larger than 8” in diameter and 6 feet in length. York Township accepts brush from York Township residents only as part of our recycling efforts. Brush recycling is intended to clean up small amounts of debris from residential properties. The program is not intended to accept large tree removal projects. Large projects such as removing entire trees should employ the services of a commercial contractor. If you have large amounts of material to dispose of please contact York Township first for approval.
In addition, we suspect non township residents are illegally dropping brush at the Township site. In response to this we may require proof of residency or begin to limit the disposal open times.
The drop off site is located at the Township Campus beyond the gate between the two signs. Please enter from Oak Road. Do not enter from Coventry Road for this is a restricted area for Township employees only.
The site will be open indefinitely for 2021. Daily hours are dawn to dusk. We ask that you participate in this program responsibly by not dumping unlawful items at the site. Examples are garbage, metals, concrete, lumber, stumps, stones, grass clippings etc. The site will be monitored and closed if there appears to be misuse occuring.
All other material and items you see beyond the gate are for Township use only and is not meant for the general public to use or take. If you see a violation please report it to the Township or York Area Regional Police Department. The site is under constant video surveillance.
Public Works will process the brush into mulch which will be made available to Township residents. At the present mulch is free on a first come first serve basis. The mulch pile is located in front of the gate (left side). Even though the gate may be OPEN DO NOT Drive past the gate when the site is closed as indicated by the red sign on the left gate AND THE ELECTRONIC SIGN BOARD. Mulch may not be available at all times. The mulch availability and the times and dates of brush recycling is subject to change at Township discretion.
Waste Oil Collection
Waste oil may be dropped off at the Public Works Service Building M-F from 7:30am -3:00pm. Please do not drop off oil after hours.
If you observe what would appear to be an emergency with sanitary sewers, roadways or storm water facilities, please call the Public Works Department from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday at 741-3861 ext.170. After these hours or on weekends & holidays dial 911.
Check our website at www.yorktownship.com or call the Public Works Department at 741-3861 ext.170. for questions or concerns.
Street Cut Permit
Click on the link for the York Township Department of Public Works Application / Permit to Excavate within the Public Right Of Way. Street cut permit revised street permit 2018
Construction and Material Specs 2015
Contact Public Works Department
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