Plow policy irks Summit Park
November 15, 2006
A policy that discourages Summit County snowplow operators from clearing roads at night irks Summit Park residents who claim the rule endangers citizens.
"They obviously do not live up here," griped Summit Park resident Jill Kopish, who lives on Parkview Drive. "They ought to put a sign at the top of Parkview, called ‘Luge Run.’"
Hank Boehm thought Summit County Public Works was pulling his leg when he was told Monday that roads aren’t plowed in the county between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.
"No plow will run," said Boehm, who also lives on Parkview Drive, which is a Summit Park thoroughfare. "We have a serious safety issue and I’m done being Mr. Nice Guy."
Heavy snow at night impedes the abilities of deputies and firefighters who must respond to the neighborhood, he claimed.
"[Motorists] get stuck in front of my house every time," Boehm said, adding that a driver who became stuck around midnight Saturday became the final straw. "Let alone the inconvenience, if we have a fire in the middle of the night, we’re done."
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However, with more drivers on the road at dawn, roads must be cleared for school buses and morning commuters, Summit County Public Works Superintendent Mark Offret said.
"We don’t have the personnel to be out there (at night) and cover all those roads," he said, adding that the risk of driver fatigue is too great. "The largest majority of people traveling the roads are not between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. It’s a trade-off."
Streets haven’t been plowed at night by Summit County since 1999, Offret said.
Which makes reaching his home difficult when he gets off work early in the morning after it snowed all night, Boehm complained.
"The state is plowing all night and [Park City] is plowing all night," Boehm said. "I’m going to lead the charge to change the policy. With this policy, a house is going to burn to the ground."