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Snow Removal Policy

Board Resolution 2004–1

Purpose: A resolution establishing Snow Plow Policies

WHEREAS, Civil Code 1364 (a) requires the association to maintain and repair all common areas unless otherwise specified in the Declaration; and

WHEREAS, Article V of the recorded Declaration provides the association shall maintain all roads; and 

WHEREAS, the board of Directors desires to adopt a policy and procedure by which it may insure that the required snow plow maintenance on the roadways can be accomplished efficiently without unnecessary concern for the personal property of the owners left in or close to the roadways;

NOW THEREFORE, the Board of Directors of Mt. Shasta Forest Property Owners Association, Inc. does hereby resolve that the following policy will govern the process of snow plowing and shall become effective upon the distribution by first class mail to all owners.

During the snow season comes the problem of keeping the roads clear of snow. By its very nature, this task requires the cooperative efforts of everyone. Usually there are two separate snow removal operations. The first is during a storm itself and consists of quick passes with the plows to keep the primary roads open. Priority is given to the most heavily traveled roads. Chains or snow tires are recommended during this period. The second operation begins when the storm abates. It consists of widening the cleared portion of the most heavily traveled roadways and clearing of all roads.

The time required for each operation varies with the severity of the storm, the temperature, the importance of the road, and the availability of personnel and equipment. It may be several days between the first plowing and the final cleanup. Unfortunately, each operation may result in a berm or windrow of snow across private driveways or encroachments to association roads. The association does not have the resources to keep private driveways clear. This is the responsibility of each individual resident or business. Reasonable effort is made to plow in a manner that will minimize the size of the berm.

It is important that there are no obstructions such as parked vehicles in the roadway when snow removal is to occur. This hampers operations and prevents complete clearing of the road. In some cases this can prevent an entire street from being cleared. Cars parked in the roadways during snow removal will be towed at the owner's expense. Other improvements need to be set back far enough from the traveled way to provide sufficient clearance for the snow removal equipment and should be sturdy enough to withstand having snow pushed against them. The following rules are provided to assist in the orderly execution of the snow removal process:

  1. As the placement of obstructions is particularly important for the safe and efficient clearing of snow from the common area roadways, owners are to refrain from building, placement or maintaining of posts, fences, trees hedges, retaining walls or any other improvements close enough to the roadways so as to be damaged during the normal course of snow plowing. The Association, the contractor, or employee performing snow plow duties shall not be responsible for any damage that occurs to these improvements.
  2. Vehicles are prohibited from being parked overnight on any street in the association during the snow season. This helps to improve snowplowing services and keeps roads clear for emergency vehicles. If found on the roadways, vehicles are subject to towing at the owners expense.
  3. Do not place snow from driveways on the common areas following a storm. As the plow will not return until the next storm, help keep your neighborhood safe and accessible for you, your family and neighbors. 
  4. Do not park your vehicle at the end of your driveway where it could be hit by a snow plow. Move your car at least 15 feet off the common area roadways and into your private property. The association, its contractors, or employees assume no responsibility for any damage that may occur if this rule is not followed.
  5. In the event of a medical or other emergency, if you cannot get out, call 911. We will work in cooperation with police, fire, and ambulance to make sure they can reach you.
  6. The timing and frequency of street plowing is determined by the contractor with guidelines provided by the Board of Directors. Plowing generally begins when snow becomes four to six inches deep and if freezing temperatures indicate that there will be no melting. However, when the snow depth stops at six inches and afternoon Sun is melting the snow the association may let the Sun do most of the work and save some of your assessment dollars. Some snow may be left on the street after plowing but only in areas deemed not to create a hazard for safe passage by the owners.
  7. The snow plow by its nature creates windrows or banks of snow along the sides of the road and across driveways. Clearing snow from driveways and entrances is the responsibility of the resident; the association cannot provide this service. The plow operators do not have control over the windrow of snow coming off the edge of the blade, and plow angles cannot be adjusted for the sharp turns required to clear driveways. To minimize the frustrating problem of the snow plow covering your driveway with snow after you have just shoveled it, please wait until the roads have been plowed. When shoveling, place as much of the snow as possible to the right side of your drive as you face the street. This reduces the chance of snow previously removed from the driveway easement from being pushed back onto you drive.
  8. Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows — stay back at least 200 feet and do not pass on the right.9. 
  9. Owners and their guests are advised that it is the policy of Mt. Shasta Forest Property Owners Association to plow the roads as quickly as possible to a level that will allow safe passage of vehicles with 4–wheel drive with snow tires or vehicle with chains on the drive wheels. It is not cost effective, nor in most cases possible, to prepare the gravel roadway for any other higher level of service.