The Department of Parks and Recreation lends a limited number of snow blowers to civic associations and community groups, increasing the number of passable sidewalks during snow events. Our goal is to ensure snow blowers are geographically distributed through-out the county.
Click here to learn where the community is using these plows this winter.
Given the limited supply of snow blowers available for loan, group selection is based on the following criteria:
- A complete application is submitted by October 15. Applications submitted after this date will be viewed on a first come, first served basis as the plan supports County goals and criteria.
- Project Leader must have a successful criminal background check. All additional volunteers must be at least 18 years old and sign a Hold Harmless agreement.
- Project Leader must supply the names of all potential snow blower volunteers and their signed Hold Harmless agreement (which will be provided to volunteers after the project is accepted into the program).
- Snow blowers are loaned for the public benefit. Areas to plow that benefit the public include sidewalks to schools, public transportation, medical facilities and stores to obtain items necessary for daily living; bus stops; school crossing guard sites; neighbors in need; and trails, walkways over bridges, etc.
- Assurance that the snow blower will be stored in a safe place to prevent theft and be protected from weather.
- Selected group leaders must attend one of the two trainings offered before receiving the equipment.
- Training includes general snow blowing procedures, highlights safety concerns and gives you a chance to practice operating the equipment.
- Once training is complete, the County will
- Deliver a snow blower, gas can and manufacturer’s operating instructions to the group leader.
- Service the equipment on an as-needed basis, however during snow events there is limited capacity to service as staff is knee-deep in snow.
- Pick up the equipment and gas can at the end of the season.
Volunteer groups are:
- Expected to record the number of hours spent clearing snow either in the Parks & Recreation online volunteer database or by reporting those hours at the end of the season.
- Encouraged to keep staff informed when clearing snow and send photos that can be shared on social media to alert the community of the good work being done.