Snow Removal Policy
The Village of Vernon Department of Public Works provides snow and ice control services for 6.44 miles of Village streets which is made up of 2.89 miles of major streets and 3.55 miles of local streets. M-71 is a state trunk line that is maintained by Shiawassee County.
Major: Main, Maple, Elm (Walnut to Maple), Washington (Maple to Walnut),
Local: Chestnut, Church, Clinton, Duane, Elm, Leaver, (Maple to Sunnybrooke),
Olive, Spring, State, Sunnybrooke, Water
Snowplowing will commence when the opinion of the Department of Public Works Superintendent determines sufficient snow or ice exists to be a hazard to traffic. The Village President and Village Police Department may also call in the Department of Public Works if they feel sufficient snow or ice exists to be a hazard to traffic. Several factors are considered when deciding when to plow and salt, such as the amount and density of snow, wind speeds, drifting, temperature, duration of the storms, time the storm starts and ends, amount of time our drivers have been plowing and peak traffic times. The DPW then performs the services on a prioritized basis that provides the most efficient and effective method to ensure the safety of vehicle and pedestrian traffic as follows:
Priority 1: Major streets. These streets include emergency, school, and truck routes.
Priority 2: Local streets. All secondary residential streets.
Priority 3: Alleys
Priority 4: Parking areas in business district and around municipal buildings.
Priority 5: Sidewalks including any neglected by the property owner.
Reminder that any owner who fails to remove snow and ice from adjacent sidewalk will be in
violation of the code of ordinances and will be removed by the Village and billed to owner.
Salt will be utilized on major streets and intersections only unless conditions warrant otherwise. Salt is not effective in temperatures below 15 degrees and will not be utilized until temperatures allow.
Snow emergencies (including freezing rain and/or sleet) will be called by the Village President when severe conditions occur. Residents will be notified via Village Website, Facebook, and ABC 12 news.