OWW1 Residents: Labor Shortage Adding to This Year’s Snow Challenges

Because of an acute labor shortage in this region, our snow-plowing contractor is having difficulty maintaining sufficient staff to fully man all of their snow equipment. They will be going all-out in the coming months to recruit new drivers in order to remedy the situation, but in the meantime, they are asking for our patience, as they will be operating this season with short-handed crews.

Conditions triggering snow-plowing will continue to be the same: 4 to 6 inches on the roads, with additional attention being paid when the snow becomes slushy and makes traction difficult.

On the other hand, the current circumstance makes it difficult to guarantee that berms created by the plows and blocking the driveways will be subsequently removed by their crews (although if they can muster the manpower to do so they will) ––therefore, at this time residents may have to be prepared to remove the berms, themselves.

With regard to trashcan placement: on nights before trash pickup when snow-plowing is being conducted, please do not leave cans in the roadway, as they might get knocked over. Probably the best solution is to place them on roadside berms where the garbage trucks can still reach them as they drive by, without the cans obstructing the plows.