Assisting with Snow Removal Procedures in Your Community Association?
The winter months can bring much joy for Community Association residents with
the holidays approaching and families getting together. If past winters are any indication, and with the colder
weather quickly approaching, many Community Associations in the Northeastern U.S. will also experience
significant snowfall. The snow removal procedures below will help to expedite the snow removal process in your Community.
In order to prepare for these inclement weather events, homeowners should be aware of the snow removal procedures for their specific Community Association. By having
some general knowledge of these snow removal procedures, Community Association residents can
help to facilitate the timely removal of snow and ice from the streets and sidewalks of their Community.
Here are some general reminders that you should keep in mind regarding snow
removal procedures for your Community Association:
- Snow removal contracts normally require the snow removal contractor to begin plowing the community streets once two inches of snow has fallen. Vehicles parked on the street will only impede efforts for snow plow trucks and other equipment to complete their tasks. Please make sure that your vehicles are moved from the streets prior to the beginning of snowfall.
- Individual sidewalks & driveways (where applicable), mailbox pads, and dumpster bays are normally cleared of snow once the snow has ended so that the contractor is not clearing the same areas twice and can also focus on keeping the streets open to the Community.
- Parking areas and spaces create the greatest challenge for snow removal in Community Associations. The snow removal work can only be completed after vehicles have been moved from these areas and the snowfall has ended. It is important to be aware once these efforts have begun in order to move your vehicle to help speed the clearance of your parking space, as well as others.
- Do not push snow off vehicles into the previously cleared driveways, parking spaces, or roadways, without shoveling the snow onto uncleared areas. It is important to remember that leaving this snow on cleared areas creates hazardous conditions for yourself & others within the Community Association. In addition, re-plowing or shoveling the previously cleared areas is inefficient, time consuming, and expensive for the Community.
- Should you have medical conditions (visiting nurses, planned supply deliveries,etc.) or priority employment (doctor, nurse, or emergency personnel, etc.) concerns, it is important to make certain to let your property manager know before the storm arrives. The property manager may be able to put you on a priority list for snow removal services to your home.
Please contact your property manager first if you have a request or concern regarding snow removal in your Community Association. Your issue should then be able to be addressed in a timely manner without the snow removal contractor being diverted from their duties.
PENCO Management, Inc. can help you manage your snow removal operations in your Community Association, in addition to the other property maintenance, administrative, and financial services it provides for over 60 communities in the greater Delaware Valley including Bucks, Montgomery, and New Castle Counties.
Submitted by: M. Chupalio