Snowplow crews stand ready for seasonal ice, snow-clearing
BY ED COLLINS Special to The News-Sun December 10, 2012 6:58PM
Updated: February 9, 2013 2:08AM
Although snowflakes have yet to fall, Grayslake’s Public Works Department is ready to implement seasonal ice and snow-clearing operations, according to Mayor Rhett Taylor.
Public Works Director Bill Hines indicates that an ample supply of rock salt and de-icing chemicals are on hand for spreading over village roadways, and drivers are lined up to staff the plow routes.
Grayslake has 11 snowplow routes, eight are cleared by private snowplow contractors retained for the winter season, and three of the routes are cleared by Public Works personnel and equipment.
The village is responsible for plowing public streets, municipal parking lots and Metra commuter parking lots.
The Lake County Division of Transportation is responsible for clearing Alleghany Road south of Route 120, Casey Road, Center Street from Route 83 east to Route 45, Rollins Road and Washington Street.
The Illinois Department of Transportation plows routes 45, 83 (Barron Boulevard), 120 (Belvidere Road) and 137.
Parking on village streets is prohibited by ordinance following a two-inch or more snowfall until all plowing is complete. Violators will be ticketed and towed.
“I am confident that the combination of Public Works personnel and private snowplow contractors can provide another season of effective and efficient service for the village,” Taylor said.
He reminds residents that they are required by ordinance to clear nearby fire hydrants and sidewalks adjacent to their homes of ice and snow within 24 hours of a snowfall. And no snow is to be deposited in the street while shoveling.
Last winter, Public Works personnel and private contractors were called out 14 times to remove a total of 28 inches of snow, the mayor said.