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The winter season is upon us and the Johnston Public Works Department is geared up and ready to clear the streets. The Johnston Parks Department is prepared to clear the 40+ miles of trails and parking lots.
However, we want to ensure the Johnston residents are prepared and ready for the upcoming snow. Are you signed up for the snow notifications? Do you know the timeframe when sidewalks and private driveways must be cleared after a snowfall? Did you know it is the responsibility of residents to clear fire hydrants near their home? If you answered no to any of these questions, please see the information below. Snow Parking Ban NotificationsThe City of Johnston Public Works Department declares when the snow parking ban goes into effect. Several factors weigh into this decision, including snow, sleet, freezing rain and blowing snow. The ban will continue from its issued date through 5 p.m. the following day. The parking ban may be extended using the same process if conditions require additional time to clear the snow and/or ice. When the snow parking ban is issued, it will be placed on our website, social media channels, sent to local media and notifications sent through our alert module. Be sure you are signed up to receive these alerts via text or email. Sign up today. Parking vehicles on public streets when snow operations are in progress is prohibited and could result in a fine or impoundment of your vehicle. Sidewalks and Private DrivewaysAll sidewalks adjacent to private property are the responsibility of the property owner. All sidewalks must be cleared of snow within 48-hours after a snowfall, or a fine may be issued. If you experience an issue of snow not being removed in your neighborhood, you can report it by using the code enforcement form. Once our Building Inspectors receive the form, they will analyze the property and take the necessary steps to ensure it is cleared. Clear Snow around Fire HydrantsIf there is a fire hydrant near your home, please ensure you clear snow/ ice at least three feet around the hydrant, and make a pathway to the street. If you do not have a hydrant on your property and the neighbor who does is not able to maintain the clearance around it, consider adopting one. Every second the firefighters have to work to clear the snow are seconds they aren’t putting water on the fire. In the event of an emergency, those seconds matter. There are 1,429 fire hydrants within the City of Johnston, so the firefighters need your help. Help them help you this winter season. More information can be found by visiting the Johnston-Grimes Metropolitan Fire Department website.