2020-2021 Winter Snow Removal Alert

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Municipal operations continue to adapt to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Municipal operations have been altered to prevent a significant COVID-19 disruption to services. Thus far, we have been successful in that regard. While most positions in Town Hall can work 100% remotely or a mix of remote and in office, Highway Department employees do not have a remote work option. As a result, if a case of COVID-19 is identified within highway personnel, which may require the quarantining of additional employees, the highway department’s ability to plow roads could be significantly impacted.

In anticipation of this occurring, we will be using an alert system during the pandemic. Information will be provided to the public so they can be aware that service levels will be reduced and to what extent. There will be three alert levels, a green, a yellow and a red.

Green
The Highway Department can maintain service levels consistent with those historically provided. If there is a significant snow or ice event, there will be delays consistent with the past.
Yellow:
If 60%-70% of the department is available, operations may be delayed 4 to 8 hours due to the unavailability of crew members or the severity and duration of the storm event or a combination of both. Primary routes and hill sections will be covered first. Coverage on flat secondary and neighborhood roads may be delayed until equipment and personnel are available. This designation may impact school openings or closings and bus pick-ups, depending on the severity and timing of the storm.
RedIf less 60% of the department is available, road clearing operations will be severely impacted with possible delays from 12 to 24 hours. This alert will likely impact school openings or closings and bus pick-ups, depending on the severity and timing of the storm.


This alert system only applies to Town Highway Department snow removal operations. It does not replace other emergency alert systems or school decisions regarding opening or closure.

NOTICE OF THE ALERT SYSTEM: The Town will post the status on the Town website at www.jerichovt.org/2020-2021-winter-alert, Front Porch Forum and notify the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District as well as the Vermont State Police Williston Headquarters. You can also register for Alert email notifications on this page, by clicking the "Stay Informed" widget (see what it looks like below) on the right sidebar of this page:



Municipal operations continue to adapt to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Municipal operations have been altered to prevent a significant COVID-19 disruption to services. Thus far, we have been successful in that regard. While most positions in Town Hall can work 100% remotely or a mix of remote and in office, Highway Department employees do not have a remote work option. As a result, if a case of COVID-19 is identified within highway personnel, which may require the quarantining of additional employees, the highway department’s ability to plow roads could be significantly impacted.

In anticipation of this occurring, we will be using an alert system during the pandemic. Information will be provided to the public so they can be aware that service levels will be reduced and to what extent. There will be three alert levels, a green, a yellow and a red.

Green
The Highway Department can maintain service levels consistent with those historically provided. If there is a significant snow or ice event, there will be delays consistent with the past.
Yellow:
If 60%-70% of the department is available, operations may be delayed 4 to 8 hours due to the unavailability of crew members or the severity and duration of the storm event or a combination of both. Primary routes and hill sections will be covered first. Coverage on flat secondary and neighborhood roads may be delayed until equipment and personnel are available. This designation may impact school openings or closings and bus pick-ups, depending on the severity and timing of the storm.
RedIf less 60% of the department is available, road clearing operations will be severely impacted with possible delays from 12 to 24 hours. This alert will likely impact school openings or closings and bus pick-ups, depending on the severity and timing of the storm.


This alert system only applies to Town Highway Department snow removal operations. It does not replace other emergency alert systems or school decisions regarding opening or closure.

NOTICE OF THE ALERT SYSTEM: The Town will post the status on the Town website at www.jerichovt.org/2020-2021-winter-alert, Front Porch Forum and notify the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District as well as the Vermont State Police Williston Headquarters. You can also register for Alert email notifications on this page, by clicking the "Stay Informed" widget (see what it looks like below) on the right sidebar of this page:


Page last updated: 24 November 2020, 09:32