The Town of Paonia recently adopted a set of policies and procedures to follow when plowing the snow from town streets.
"I think that this snow removal plan is something that was desperately needed," said trustee Bill Bear when the policy was first brought before the town board in August. Bear also serves on the town Public Works, Utilities and Facilities committee.
Per the plan, plowing, which will occur once snow begins to accumulate on street surfaces, will generally occur between the hours of 4 a.m. and midnight, based on a priority system.
Blue "Priority 1" streets include the busiest sections and main school bus routes and will be plowed first.
Green "Priority 2" streets will be plowed "to provide reasonable all-weather access as time and manpower permit."
Orange "Priority 3" sections are designated "local access" and "will be plowed only as time, funds and manpower permit."
Gray sections indicate "no snow removal," since those streets are either privately maintained or maintained by other agencies including Delta County. Dead-end streets without adequate room to safely turn equipment around will not be plowed.
Sanding of streets will occur only after plowing has been completed.
Street segments marked with arrows pointing outward indicate that snow will be plowed to the side of the street, while arrows pointing inward indicate that snow will be plowed to the center of the street. Once all the traffic lanes are clear, plows will return to further widen the streets as the priority system allows.
Vehicles parked in subdivisions, cul-de-sacs or on streets that are restricting the safe and continuous operation of snow plow equipment will not be plowed until those vehicles are removed.
The town asks that residents to be responsible for clearing snow around their mailboxes, since U.S. Postal regulations don't require carriers to deliver to mail boxes where safety issues exist.
The plan also offers tips for driving on snow and other information. Copies of the map and snow removal plan are available at Town Hall. Citizens can call the town at 527-4101 with questions and concerns.