When the snow starts to fall or icing conditions are present, the Public Works Department begins salting the Village streets. The Department begins a plowing operation after an accumulation of two inches. After the plowing is complete, salt is reapplied to reduce icing conditions.
No Plowing / Blowing / Shoveling Snow into Street
Please do not plow, blow or shovel snow into the street. When you move snow onto the street, it not only hinders the efforts of Village crews who are trying to keep roadways clear, it also creates a safety hazard for other drivers.
After two inches of accumulated snowfall, parking is prohibited on any snow route until the streets have been cleared of snow. Only residents who live in the downtown district without dedicated off-street parking may use the municipal parking lot to park their vehicles while downtown streets are being plowed.
The Village encourages you to keep the sidewalks near your home clear of snow for the safety of children walking to school or bus stops and other pedestrians. Please consider assisting neighbors who may be unable to clear their sidewalks.
Businesses are required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks along their buildings.
While Village crews do their best to avoid hitting mailboxes, sometimes plows damage a mailbox while clearing the streets of snow and ice. Any mailbox that is damaged by the Village during snow removal operations will be repaired or replaced with a temporary mailbox and post as soon as possible following the storm. The Public Works Department will replace the temporary mailbox with a permanent standard metal mailbox on a wooden post at a later date, which may be in the spring.
The homeowner is responsible for any decorative upgrades over and above the standard metal mailbox and wooden post. If your mailbox is damaged by snow plows, call Village Hall to report your address.
Homes and businesses located on US-RT 12 and IL RT 173 are serviced by the Illinois Department of Transportation and any mailbox damage should be reported directly to them.
Keep Hydrants Clear
Whenever possible, please help the Richmond Fire Department by clearing snow from hydrants near your property. This ensures firefighters have quick access in the event of a fire.