A few hours before Sylvania Township got its first snow event of the season, Rob Nash, township road superintendent, began a chess match with Mother Nature.
He was relying on weather forecasts and tracking radar to help decide when it would be necessary to stop leaf collection efforts and turn to snow and ice control.
“Safety first. We ask for residents’ patience in getting to the leaves, but we need to first make sure the streets are as safe to travel as possible,” he said.
Some crews continued on leaf collection through the day, but four trucks were refitted to snow and ice control at about 2 p.m..
Crews continued on that task overnight and were back at it the next morning.
He said normal leaf-collection efforts will resume as soon as possible.
In below-freezing temperatures some of the collection equipment can freeze, Mr. Nash said. It has to be taken out of service and brought into the garage to thaw.
He cautioned that the weather also has the obvious negative effect of freezing piles of leaves. Although the job becomes somewhat easier after a freeze, crews still have to wrestle with the resulting sodden mess.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Posted: November 12, 2019
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