Granby plowing policies explained
December 30, 2015
In an effort to clarify any misunderstanding regarding the town of Granby's plowing policies and procedures Granby Town Manager Wally Baird explains how Granby prioritizes certain areas of the community for plowing and what local residents are required to do for their own properties.
The towns first priority for plowing is to clear the roads around the schools within the community, he said. After the roads around the schools have been cleared the second highest priorities are the major thoroughfares within Granby: First Street, Fourth Street, Sixth Street, Diamond Ave. and Garnett Ave.
Agate Ave. in Granby is also considered a part of the second priority group along with the other major roads within Town but Baird pointed out that because Agate Ave. is also US Highway 40 the road is typically plowed by the Colorado Dept. of Transportation with Granby plowing the road supplementally.
"All other streets, public parking lots and other town owned property have the third priority," Baird said. Only the sidewalks in Granby cleared by town employees are those on Agate Ave. and the sidewalks surrounding Town Hall on Jasper Ave.
"Town crews are responsible for removing snow form the driving lanes of the streets and roads," said Baird. "Homeowners or residents are responsible for removing snow from private walkways and driveways. Snow from private property may not be pushed onto the street or road."
Granby has no town ordinances requiring the removal of snow from sidewalks except for sidewalks on Agate Ave. "After the streets, sidewalks, parking lots and other properties have been cleared, the town crews will attempt to remove any large piles of snow, thaw frozen culverts, clear surface water channels and general cleanup," he said. The town regularly receives complaints from community residents about town snowplows pushing large amounts of snow into their driveways and sidewalks.
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"Unfortunately, the town doesn't have the resources to clear each driveway nor does the town have the equipment necessary to avoid pushing snow into the street end of individual driveways."
The Granby Street and Parks department consists of four employees and four pieces of snow removal equipment along with two items for sidewalk snow removal and one sanding machine.
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