COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two of Columbia Cityâ€™s department heads are asking for help from residents to keep the townâ€™s streets safe and clear for the remainder of the winter season.
Tom LaRue, Columbia Cityâ€™s fire chief said at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting of the townâ€™s Common Council that recent heavy snowfall could have covered fire hydrants.
â€śIf thereâ€™s a hydrant that you know of that is buried, we ask that you either uncover it or call the city so someone can come out and uncover it,â€ť LaRue said.
â€śWe are carrying spade shovels in our trucks,â€ť he added. â€śSo we can do it if necessary but weâ€™ll need to know where they are.â€ť
LaRue said residents who expose the hydrants themselves wouldnâ€™t have to do a thorough job, just enough to make the fixture visible to firefighters.
â€śJust uncover the cap of it at least,â€ť LaRue said.
Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck showed concern for fire hydrants that might be buried under snow.
â€śThis is a safety issue,â€ť he said. â€śFiremen need to know where they are.â€ť
Kelly Cearbaugh, Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Superintendent, talked a bit Tuesday night about the cityâ€™s recent winter storm and how his department was affected.
According to Cearbaugh, a problem area in the town for snow removal are cul-de-sacs, or rounded ends to roads in some developments.
Cearbaugh said the configuration of the cul-de-sac provides unique challenges in terms of where to put the snow. He said in some cases, the only place to put the snow is up on the sidewalk.
â€śIf the people can be OK with the snow being up on the sidewalk for awhile, that might be the only alternative,â€ť he said.
Cearbaughâ€™s biggest concern, however, is the back streets of the city, where residents park on the side of the street.
In cases where cars can park on either side of the street, Cearbaugh asks that residents be cognizant of how they park in relationship to other vehicles.
â€śWhen people park straight across from other vehicles, it makes the street almost too narrow for us to work in,â€ť said Cearbaugh.
â€śSo, if they can be aware of this and stagger their vehicles, that would help.â€ť