New policy prioritizes county roads


The new county policy for snow removal lists several intersections in rural neighborhoods that will be salted. Five neighborhood intersections have entrances that can be dangerous in winter conditions. The plan lists 16 county roads that will be treated first. Roads won't be plowed until there is about 2 inches of snow on the pavement, according to the policy. In general, trucks will plow from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., but could work later based on conditions. (Kyle Lewis/Daily Reporter graphic)

GREENFIELD — Residents along Hancock County’s rural roads should have a better understanding of when they will be plowed and salted each time it snows, now that a formal plan for winter weather conditions has been approved.

Hancock County Commissioners Tuesday agreed to a new snow- and ice-control policy, a seven-page document detailing which roads are priorities, under what conditions they will be plowed and even how to handle mailbox damages on private property.

It’s a policy that formalizes what the county department had practiced for years, engineer Gary Pool said. But the new policy should make the snow-removal process easier for the public to understand.

Entering his third month as county highway engineer and hopefully coming to a close of the state’s snowiest winter in history, Pool said a plan was necessary to enhance transparency.

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