As snow begins to fall on Genesee it’s important to remember a few key things with regards to plowing. Understanding the methods and procedures involved can help everyone safely enjoy another beautiful winter here in the foothills. Our Genesee maintenance crew works tirelessly to ensure that all private drives in the community are cleared in a timely manner but please understand that snow falls quickly here and sometimes several passes will need to be made in order to clear things completely.
Below, we have listed some important information/links that can answer any common questions regarding snowplowing in and around Genesee.
These are all the named roads in Genesee. Patrol calls the County plow supervisor when snow starts sticking or it becomes icy. The County does a good job most of the time, but Genesee Ridge gets slick very quickly. The County plows major roads first (Ridge, Trail, Vista). Once these are considered clear, they move on to secondary feeder roads (Foothills, Montane, Currant) and finally finish up with the cul-de-sacs (Stonecrop, Southridge, Jerome). Due to either budgetary considerations or weather conditions, Jefferson County may not plow smaller, non-feeder roads or cul–de–sacs. Please call 303-271-5200 if you have County plow problems.
Please refer to the following links for more information about snow plowing standards
These are roads within Genesee that are owned and maintained by the Foundation. Snowplow drivers are called by Patrol whenever 2½ – 3 inches of snow has accumulated in the Vista parking lot. All of Genesee’s private drives are divided into 3 separate plow routes. Each time we plow, the drivers start at a different point with in the route. You share the honor of being both the first or last drive to be plowed.
Plow routes take between 2 and 12 hours to complete each time, depending on conditions and truck status. We try to have the roads ready for morning commutes, but there are many variables which sometimes make this impossible. Our maintenance staff is on call 24 hours and will plow as quickly as possible, but rate of snowfall, ice, visibility, time of day, moisture content of snow, and mechanical difficulties all contribute to when and how we plow. Please be patient during major storms. We are out plowing and trying to get you plowed out as fast as possible.
All private drives are placed on a minimum 20 foot easement or tract. The paved portion of the road is about 12 wide. This means there is an additional area on both sides of the paved portion that is part of the Foundation easement. This area is used for drainage and maintenance, including snow placement. The Foundation is not responsible for any item placed and damaged within this area, including lights, landscaping, reflectors, and rocks.
Please be aware that while we will try to work with you, it is not always possible to place snow where you request. Variables include curves, terrain, trees, slope and turn around areas. Each driver is responsible for a particular route. The plow drivers do occasionally plow a different route than their own. What may be possible to accomplish one plow may not be possible the next plow. We do not have agreements with any owners to plow private driveways. If a plow driver uses your driveway for a turn around area, he will usually plow your drive as a courtesy. Use of the driveway as a turn around area will vary with the driver and the type of snowfall. The Foundation’s plow responsibilities end at the end of each private drive, usually at the utility boxes. In the Town Homes, a separate plow driver, contracted by the Townhomes Association, plows individual driveways. We plow only the private drive portion of paved area.
LIPS OF SNOW:
This is the infamous lip that appears right after you finally finished shoveling your driveway. Neither the County nor Foundation crews place it there on purpose. We are not able to remove the “lip” during regular plowing due to time constraints. Our first priority is keeping the main roads and drives clear for emergency access. We apologize in advance and we will try to clean these up after the major plowing is completed during mop up.
Mailbox shoveling is the responsibility of the residents. The Foundation will clean out the mailbox areas after the snow has stopped and all other plowing activities are completed.
Foundation sand barrels are placed in slick spots. If a barrel is in need of attention, please call the Foundation Office.
STUCK VEHICLES AND DEAD BATTERIES:
If your vehicle becomes stuck during a storm, call a tow company immediately. Abandoned vehicles quickly become a hazard for other drivers and the snow plow operators. The County may tow your vehicle to an impound area.
Additionally, if your vehicle is blocking a road or a drive, that area will not get plowed until the vehicle is removed. PATROL VEHICLES AS WELL AS FOUNDATION TRUCKS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO JUMP START OR TOW VEHICLES. We are not equipped with the equipment to complete this safely. You may want to join an auto club like AAA now just in case you need them this winter.
- If you do have a medical emergency, you need to call 911 immediately and they will dispatch assistance to you.
- Please yield to all plow drivers and do not follow closely behind them as back up frequently and they may not see you.
- We do not have a priority snow plow list and cannot plow certain driveways first due to a resident being employed in the medical profession or having a plane to catch. Now is a good time to plan ahead and set up alternate arrangements if you are unable to leave the mountain for a period of time.
- Pay attention to the news – we will place notices on our website if a large snowfall is in the forecast.
- Stock up on food, medicine and supplies for 72 hours, charge your cell phones and buy batteries and flashlights.
- Make arrangements with your workplace in advance and stay off the roads as much as possible to allow plowing operations to occur.
- Talk to your neighbors and set up some communication and access plans. Do you have any elderly or physically challenged residents on your drive? They may need additional assistance during major events.
- Know where your gas meter is located; try to keep a path shoveled to it in case it needs to be turned off.
- Remember to listen to the news – even if you are plowed out during a major storm, I-70 may still be closed.
- And finally, during situations such as these, band together as a neighborhood.