April 16, 2014

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Town reminds residents of snow and ice control plan

When anywhere from 1/4 – 1/2 an inch of snow accumulates, the Williston Public Works Department dispatches approximately seven trucks to salt the roads, mostly the town’s main highways and commuter routes. Sand is mainly applied to gravel surfaced roads.

Full-scale plowing operations are conducted over seven designated routes. Within each route, certain streets are designated as primary routes to be opened first so all areas of town can be reached by snow removal crews and emergency vehicles. After all streets are opened, the drivers may begin to push back the accumulated snow to the curb or shoulder line. This work is vital on narrow streets because, in Vermont, another storm is never far behind. If widening out is not done as soon as possible, the banks of snow may freeze and become impossible to move at a later time. This opening up and pushing back may take place more than once during a major storm event.

Residents can help during extreme winter storm events by staying off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary and by not parking in the street. If you must be on the streets, make sure your vehicle has snow tires. Wait until plowing is finished before shoveling to avoid having to start over with the next pass of the snowplow.

Winter plowing operations are far more effective if residents refrain from parking on the street during winter storms, which cause delays in winter maintenance operations. Refrain from blowing, plowing or shoveling snow into the street. It can be unsafe for other motorists using the streets or roadways.

Williston has a winter parking ban on town streets now through April 1 between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Make sure your mailbox and post are in good shape prior to cold weather. The bottom of the box should be 42 to 48 inches off the ground and no part of the box should be over the shoulder of the road.

 

Water and sewer bills due

The Town of Williston water and sewer bills have been mailed and are due Dec. 30. Payments by check or cash can be made at the town clerk’s office.

 

Resources available for children’s programs

Community programs in Vermont and New Hampshire that serve rural, low-income, and at-risk children are encouraged to apply to the Children’s Literacy Foundation for one of its at-risk children program grants.

The programs selected will receive a collection of books for an on-site library, an interactive storytelling presentation and two new children’s books for each of the children the program serves.

To qualify, an organization must be able to host an event with at least 25 children ages 12 and under. At least 40 percent of those children must qualify for free or reduced lunch or other assistance programs.

To apply, write a few paragraphs telling about the community program and how a donation of new books would be beneficial to the children served. Include how many children are reached, the age range and the economic circumstances or other challenges they face.

Applications must also include a contact name, street address complete with zip code, phone number and email address if applicable. Send applications to [email protected] or to CLiF, 1536 Loomis Hill Road, Waterbury Center, Vt., 05677. For more information, visit www.clifonline.org.

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