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From the Desk of Mayor Larry Werther - January 14, 2011

Mineola Snow Etiquette

The winter of 2010-2011 is shaping up to be a season of snow.  After the last snowstorm I thought it would be a good idea to remind us all of, what I like to call, Mineola Snow Etiquette.

First, if you hear of a storm approaching, be aware that we may declare a “snow emergency.” A snow emergency will be declared if there will be any accumulation two inches or greater as defined in village code.  In that event, you are required to remove your cars and trucks from the street. There are steep fines for not complying. If your driveway is too small, find a municipal lot or a neighbor who can help. Please keep your car off the street for at least 24 hours after the storm ends. This will allow the village to come in and do the necessary clean-up work that our residents expect.

Second, clear your sidewalks as soon as possible after the storm ends.  Please do not throw the snow from your property back into the street. It is dangerous and illegal. This is a major problem in some areas of the village. It is preferable to throw the snow onto your front lawn or onto the utility strip between sidewalk and curb.  

If there is a senior citizen on your street and you’re capable of shoveling, be a good neighbor and help them out.

Third, if there is a fire hydrant anywhere near your home, please dig it out.  During the last snowstorm we had a house fire on Evelyn Road. The hydrant was buried and it took firefighters precious minutes to locate and dig out the hydrant.  Luckily they did it before the water reserves in the truck were exhausted.  

Lastly, if you see a problem with roads or sidewalks, call the village as soon as possible. At best it prolongs the problem, at worst it could be a danger to our residents.  

Be aware that there are roads in Mineola where we are prohibited from plowing.  Jericho Turnpike is a state road and the state plows it. Roads like Mineola Boulevard, Westbury Avenue, First Street, Roslyn Road and others are county roads and Nassau County is required to plow those.  

These simple rules can help us weather any storm that Mother Nature can throw.