Kisco Fix: Clear Snow for Emergency Services

As this space has written, there are quite a few projects and tasks that need to be performed in Mount Kisco. Some of these are small capital projects while others might involve hiring a new employee or passing a new local law. Others are tasks, like the one highlighted today, need to be acted on to make our community safer.

On received the following comment:

I agree that the emergency services should be cleared of snow before other non-essential areas. In fact the storm after Christmas the Town Highway trucks cleared Main Street but left a 3-4 foot mound at the bottom of the ramp to the firehouse garage. We have some good pictures of that. Now this past storm, the town highway trucks didn’t even topuch the Main Street firehouse until the storm was about over. I was informed that someone even called to complain to the Highway garage around midnight(the night of the storm) from the firehouse.

After receiving the comment, sent an email to the Village Manager and the Mayor. Both promptly responded. The Village Manager responded:

It is the Village’s policy to ensure that the ingress/egress of our firehouses remain accessible throughout a snow event while also continuing to ensure that primary and secondary roads are accessible/passable. At the conclusion of a snow event the DPW will clear the remaining areas of a firehouse lot considered non-essential. While I am not familiar with the specific incidents cited below, I have reiterated to our management that all our crews need to know the difference between maintaining accessibility and clearing an area entirely.

During winter storms, firetrucks and ambulances need to be able to exit their garages when called to an emergency.  The consequences of not clearing the driveways could be tragic.

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