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COLUMBIA CITY â Two of Columbia Cityâs department heads are asking for help from residents to keep the townâs streets safe and clear for the remainder of the winter season.
Tom LaRue, Columbia Cityâs fire chief said at Tuesday nightâs meeting of the townâs Common Council that recent heavy snowfall could have covered fire hydrants.
âIf thereâs 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 LaRue said.
âWe are carrying spade shovels in our trucks,â he added. âSo we can do it if necessary but weâll need to know where they are.â
LaRue said residents who expose the hydrants themselves wouldnât have to do a thorough job, just enough to make the fixture visible to firefighters.
âJust uncover the cap of it at least,â LaRue said.
Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck showed concern for fire hydrants that might be buried under snow.
âThis is a safety issue,â he said. âFiremen need to know where they are.â
Kelly Cearbaugh, Columbia Cityâs Street Superintendent, talked a bit Tuesday night about the cityâs 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.
âIf the people can be OK with the snow being up on the sidewalk for awhile, that might be the only alternative,â he said.
Cearbaughâs 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.
âWhen people park straight across from other vehicles, it makes the street almost too narrow for us to work in,â said Cearbaugh.
âSo, if they can be aware of this and stagger their vehicles, that would help.â