Need to know: Snow plowing

Michiganders often joke that if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it’s guaranteed to change. Winters may be mild or severe, but snow is always in the forecast.

Lathrup Village’s Department of Public Service (DPS) plows all residential streets whenever three or more inches of snow falls. To help ensure the quickest citywide snow push and avoid accidents, please adhere to the following guidelines:

New Item: Please place your garbage and recycling receptacles at the edge of your drive way, not in the street.

Don’t park vehicles in the street until after it’s plowed.

Don’t tailgate snowplow trucks, attempt to pass them or cut them off.

Trucks are required to stop and back up during plowing operations. Please provide a wide clearance margin. A driver’s vision may be hampered by equipment and weather conditions.

Don’t move snow from your sidewalk or driveway into the street – before or after plowing. Move it to your lawn.

Please be tolerant of the snowplowing process. During the course of plowing, it’s inevitable that some residual snow will be pushed on to some driveways.

Note that Southfield Road, 12 Mile Road, and the 11 Mile/696 Service Drive are county-owned thoroughfares. The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is responsible for plowing these streets.

And remember, homeowners and businesses are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property.