The Clermont County Engineer maintains a field staff sufficient to handle all snow and ice control for the county roads. These workers are required to maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). All full-time personnel work on highway crews year round.
In the event of incapacitating severe winter storms, all county operations would be guided by the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) at the Communications Center. Included in this operation are the County Sheriff, the County Engineer, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. The individual township and municipal highway departments, and possibly the Ohio National Guard could also be included in these operations. Decisions are made here, as to which roads will be cleared first based on emergency vehicles and access to hospitals. From that point, roads are cleared on a basis of traffic use. The Engineer’s Office along with the communications center, ODOT, and local governments are currently developing a more intense major event plan that addresses multiple issues.
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The Clermont County Engineer is not responsible for several snow & ice control aspects:
A. Mailboxes and fences damaged during snow removal will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Only those mailboxes and fences that were properly located and installed, and which were damaged by actual contact with County equipment will be repaired at the County’s expense. The mail box owner is responsible for repair or replacement of the mailbox if the mailbox was damaged by the pressure of the plowed snow and there was no physical contact with the plow equipment.
B. As snow is plowed from roadways, windrows can be created at the end of driveways and are the property owner’s responsibility to clear. Residents are reminded that it is unlawful for them to plow or blow snow from driveways onto or across county roads.
C. Snow truck drivers are not responsible for salt or snow distributed from the snow fighting equipment. Drivers are urged to stay 50 feet behind a snow truck, and to remove vehicles and property from the right-of-way to protect them from damage. Residents must remove parked vehicles from county roads to assist in snow removal.
D. Drivers are also urged to give an oncoming snow truck right of way. During the winter months, the berm or shoulder of the road is often too soft to support the weight of a loaded salt truck. These drivers cannot move off of the road to let oncoming traffic pass on narrow roads. If you see a salt truck approaching on a narrow road please be courteous and pull off into the nearest driveway and let the snow truck pass.