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Powercords & Sidewalk Snow Removal

Residential and business property owners are reminded that you are responsible for snow removal from any adjoining public sidewalk within twenty-four hours after the time such snow was deposited or formed on the sidewalk. 

Also, please be aware that power cords laying across a public sidewalk in order to plug in your vehicle is strictly prohibited - not to mention extremely dangerous. Many citizens continue to make use of our public walks and your cooperation in keeping the sidwalks clean and free of obstructions is very important and appreciated.

Ice Safety
Citizens are asked to take caution when near our local lakes and dams.  The ice that covers these bodies of water may be deceptively thin in certain areas and the risk of falling through the ice is very high.  Here are a few guidelines for winter recreation enthusiasts to remember to help lessen the chance of an "icy dip":
  1. Avoid going on the ice at the beginning or end of the winter season.
  2. Avoid walking on ice that is on or near moving water.
  3. You should wait to walk on ice until there are at least 4 inches of clear solid ice.  Ice seldom freezes or thaws at an equal rate resulting in areas of varying thickness.  Flocks of waterfowl can change the thickness of ice.
  4. Do not venture out onto the ice alone.  Use the "Buddy System" and stay a reasonable distance apart.  If one person goes in then the other person can call or go for help.
  5. A rescue attempt can result in two victims instead of one.  Instead of attempting to pull the victim out yourself, help them rescue themselves.  Push or throw something to the victim such as a long branch, stick or rope.  A floating aid can help them float until expert help arrives.  Remember - reach, throw - but don't go!
  6. If you go through the ice alone try to float on your stomach facing the shore.  Slowly reach forward onto the ice but remember not to push down on the ice, then kick your legs to slowly push your body onto the ice.  Roll or crawl away from the hole.  Seek medical help immediately.  If you cannot get out then call loudly and clearly for help.
  7. 5 to 6 inches of clear solid ice is the minimum thickness for snowmobiles and ATV's.
  8. Cars and trucks need at least 12 inches of good clear ice.  Avoid driving on ice when ever possible.  Avoid driving on ice at night or when it is snowing as reduced visibility increases your chances of driving into an open or weak ice area.
  9. Check if there are signs that may indicate an aeration system is in operation.  Thin or open water is possible over al arge area where a lake or dam is being aerated.
  10. Above all, avoid alcoholic beverages.  Booze increases your chance for hypothermia and increases the likelihood that you will make a stupid mistake that could cost you or others their lives.

Remember - reach, throw - but don't go!

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