2023-2024 Driveway Snowplowing Service
NEW RATES FOR THIS WINTER
The Town Board met and reviewed the costs associated with driveway snowplowing the past three winters. Costs to provide this service exceeded revenues for 2 out of the past 3 winters. The Board found it necessary to increase the rates for providing the driveway snowplowing service. The rates for 2023-2024 winter are as follows:
Short Length Driveway – $140 for the entire winter
Average Length Driveway – $260 for the entire winter
Long Length Driveway – $400 for the entire winter
The Board understands that this is a substantial increase in rates (approximately 60%). The increasing costs of fuel and labor have been driving up the cost of this service. Depending upon this coming winters cost to provide this service may result in further increases in these rates for future years.
Customers who have received this service last winter will be invoiced either with a paper bill or electronic invoice which may be paid by credit/debit card. If you receive a paper invoice and wish to pay by credit/debit card, please e-mail the Town at [email protected] and we will send you an electronic invoice with a link to pay your bill.
The deadline for prior customers to sign up for this service is November 1, 2023. Sign-ups after November 1, 2023 may be subject to a $100 later fee in addition to the plowing fee.
Town of Russell Board of Supervisors
Paul “Rocky” Tribovich – Chairman
DRIVEWAY SNOWPLOWING NOTICE – SIGN-UP FORM
To: Any Town resident and/or property owner wishing to have snowplowing service for the winter 2023-2024 season.
The Town of Russell will be plowing driveways provided that the following conditions are met:
- The release form is signed and filed with the Town Clerk accompanied with the required fee in advance of the snowplowing season. All outstanding bills with the Town must be paid before snowplowing services begin.
- Driveways will be plowed only after all school bus and mail routes have been plowed. All driveways must have adequate clearance. They must be clear of stumps, rocks, cars, boats, etc., and other obstructions. There must be adequate space for turning the snowplow around. NOTE: You must mark with a pole or appropriate marker all culverts, road entrances, septic tanks, wells, power and telephone pedestals in the vicinity of the area being plowed. If these conditions are not met, your driveway will not be plowed. Also, if there are known medical or health problems in your family, please make private arrangements to have your driveway plowed. The Town’s first priority is to plow all Town Roads.
- The Town of Russell, its officials, and employees will not be held liable for any personal injury or property damage while engaged in snowplowing on private land.
- The Town Board of Supervisors reserves the right to withdraw service at any time if any or all conditions are not met.
- For more information, or to receive a snowplowing application, please call 779-5338 and leave a message.
- The Town road maintenance crew will plow when snow depth at the Town garage reaches 3”, or when a Town Supervisor reports a snow-depth of 3” or more elsewhere within the Town.
- If snow depth in a particular area of the Town is less than 3”, driveways in that area may be excluded from plowing, at the discretion of the road crew. Operators plowing Town roads are in radio contact with the operator plowing driveways, and will advise of snow conditions.
- The road crew will follow an established route which prioritizes more heavily populated areas, while ensuring efficient use of equipment and manpower.
- Established snowplowing priorities include maintaining emergency service access to driveways, ensuring safe school bus routes, and facilitating safe passage for commuters and residents with scheduled medical appointments.
- Road crews will begin plowing Town roads at 4 am following, or during, a qualifying snowfall. An operator will begin plowing driveways 30 minutes later, to eliminate windrows left from road plowing.
- Driveways will be plowed in the same sequence as roads to optimize efficiency, and to facilitate the estimation by residents of likely plow arrival times. Note that it will take longer to complete plow routes following major storms.
- During on-going snowstorms, Town roads personnel may, at their discretion, plow the established route according to the aforementioned criteria in the afternoon, to facilitate safe travel by school buses and returning commuters.
- The Town of Russell Board of Supervisors is committed to clearing all Town roads as expeditiously as possible, and to clearing participating Town residents’ driveways in 48 hours or less following a major storm.
- Residents must submit a signed agreement, and be current on account, to be eligible for driveway plowing services.
- Participants must enroll in the Town residential snow-plowing program by November 1 to permit inspection of their premises prior to the first snowfall.
- All residents who have signed and submitted a driveway plowing agreement will be plowed each time equipment is mobilized in their area to ensure efficiency, and minimize cost.
- Residents requiring intermittent, or on-demand, snowplowing are advised to obtain the services of a private contractor, if they cannot wait for the next mobilization of Town equipment.
- Driveways must be clear of cars, boats, rocks, stumps, low-hanging tree limbs and other obstructions, and there must be adequate space for turning equipment around. All culverts, road entrances, septic tanks, wells, power and telephone pedestals in the vicinity of the area being plowed must be clearly marked.
- In winters with heavy snowfall, it may occasionally be necessary to mobilize equipment primarily to “wing-back” driveway perimeter snowbanks to facilitate continued plowing.
- Residents who add additional plowing requirements to their driveway after their work has been timed, will have their requested work re-timed and their trip charge adjusted to reflect their new requirements.
- The Town of Russell, its officials and employees will not be held liable for any personal injury or property damage while engaged in snowplowing on private property.
- The Town reserves the right to withdraw service at any time if any of the aforementioned conditions are not met.
- Residents should direct any road or driveway plowing concerns to a Town of Russell Supervisor, and not to the road maintenance crew.
Town of Russell
35900 State Highway 13
Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814
(715) 779-5338 or Fax (715)779-0249
Paul “Rocky” Tribovich Judy Meierotto Dave Good
Chair Deputy Clerk Clerk/Treasurer
2019-2020 Snowplowing Authorization Form
Return with Payment
I, the undersigned, request the snowplowing service offered by the Town of Russell. I certify that my driveway conforms to the standards as listed in the snowplowing notice and that the Town of Russell, its officials, and employees will not be held liable for any personal injury or property damage while the Town of Russell is engaged in snowplowing on private property.
Name Resident / Property Owner
Signature ________________________________ Date ________________________________
Mailing Address for Billing _____________________________________________________
City ______________________State _______ Zip____________
Address of Property to be Plowed if Different than Mailing and Billing Address
Contact information – Telephone ( __ __ __ ) __ __ __-__ __ __ __
Please send future snow plowing amounts owed to the above e-mail to be paid electronically.
Mail this form and deposit to: Town of Russell – Clerk
35900 State Highway 13
Bayfield, WI 54814
Amount Paid $______________ Date _________________________