Wilmette official: With snow on horizon, stay off streets
WILMETTE — Weather forecasters warned Chicago area residents Monday to brace for what could be up to six inches of wet heavy snow Tuesday, but Wilmette’s snow strike teams are already prepared for whatever Old Man Winter throws at them.
Wilmette drivers can make snow removal a little easier – and keep themselves a little safer – by trying to stay off main roads once the storm hits, and not parking along village streets.
“(The storm) coming in the middle of the week makes it hard, we realize, but if people can remember not to park their cars on the streets, that allows us to do our work,” Public Works Director Donna Jakubowski said Monday.
The village bans parking on one side of every street less than 27 feet wide once winter any precipitation begins. Once it hits two inches or more, the ban expands to both sides of the street for 24 hours after the snow starts.
Jakubowski’s department’s teams were already set up to handle the storm, she said.
“We took the opportunity during the weekend to haul snow we already had out of our business areas and commuter parking lots, in order to make space for more snow.”
The department also ordered another 100 tons of salt, she said: “That was delivered this morning, so we’re ready to go.”
For more information on the village’s snow removal plan, go to www.wilmette.com and click on the “Snow Removal Parking Ban Reminder” link under “News.”