The Village of Fowlerville has declared a snow emergency, effective Monday, January 28, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
WHAT CONSTITUTES A SNOW EMERGENCY?
A snow emergency is called when a weather event results in rapid or extreme accumulation of ice and/or snow. Forecasts are predicting snowfall totals of up to 9 inches or greater accumulating Monday throughout the day and into the evening; The Village of Fowlerville is calling the snow emergency ahead of the weather event, ensuring that streets are clear of vehicles and the Department of Public Works (DPW) Team is able to plow quickly, safely, and efficiently for the residents of the Village.
When a snow emergency is in effect, all vehicles on residential streets are to be removed or they will be towed, at the owner's expense. Vehicles are to remain off the streets for the whole timeframe of the Snow Emergency. On-Street Parking is prohibited.
SAFETY TIPS & HELPFUL REMINDERS
- It is illegal to “reserve” cleared parking spaces—objects left in street parking areas/spaces will be removed.
- Think safety: clear fire hydrants and street drains when removing snow on your driveway.
- When digging out your car, think about how you pile snow—don’t create new problems in streets or on sidewalks. It is illegal under Michigan Law (Section 257.677(a) of the Michigan Vehicle Code) to shovel or plow snow or ice onto any road or highway or deposit snow on a road in such a way that it blocks motorists’ views of traffic.
- Keep your children and pets safe from plows—never allow them to play on or around roadside snow piles.
- We understand the frustration when plows deposit snow around cars and at the bottom of driveways. Please remember that it’s not personal! The plow is designed to push snow, which makes it an unavoidable situation.
- The Village Offices are often bombarded by complaints when snow is plowed into residential driveways. Unfortunately, it is an unavoidable circumstance because plows are fixed to push the snow to the curb and there is no place for it to go other than the driveway. It means the end of the driveway must be cleaned again after the plow goes through. It also means the snowplow driver's work isn't entirely done after s/he finishes a long day's work. Waiting at home in the driveway is that same pile of snow that residents have to shovel.
The Village apologizes for the inconvenience, but a plowed street is vitally important for emergency vehicles and permits residents to go to work, school, etc.