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.
Given the limited supply of snow blowers available for loan, group selection is based on the following criteria:
- A complete application is submitted by Oct. 13.
- 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 accepted into the program).
- Projects are developed for the public benefit areas. Areas that support the public include sidewalks to schools, public transportation, medical facilities and stores to obtain items necessary for daily living; bus stops and school crossing guard sites; neighbors in need; trails, walkways over bridges; etc.
- Assurance that the snow blower will be stored in a safe place to prevent theft and protect 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 provides practice operating the equipment. Once training is complete, the County will:
- Deliver the sponsoring group a working snow blower, gas can, bag of snow melt, and provide the manufacturer’s operation instructions 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 and the end of the season.
Volunteer groups are:
- 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.
- Expected to record the number of hours spent clearing snow either in the DPR online volunteer database or by reporting those hours at the end of the season.