Snow removal is a top priority for BMMD in winter. Our snow plow staff is dedicated to keeping Wildernest roads clear and safe as possible. Residents of Wildernest must also do their part in storing snow on personal property and out of the roadway. It is illegal to park your vehicle on County roads. Outlined below is helpful information for residents or visitors of Wildernest:
- Road Plowing
The County right-of-way typically extends 15 - 20 feet from the edge of the asphalt on both sides of public roads in Wildernest. This area is dedicated to snow storage. It is necessary to plow snow well off the road into the right-of-way to make room for the next storm and keep two-way traffic flowing in both directions. Property owners or visitors may not park or place any objects in the right-of-way since it could be damaged by plows. BMMD is not responsible for damage to personal property located in the County right-of-way.
- Snow Storage - Driveways & Personal Property
Property owners and/or renters are responsible for plowing and removing snow from driveways and personal parking areas. During snow removal operations, snow is pushed off the road onto the county right-of-way. Private driveways access through this right-of-way area is the responsibility of the homeowner to keep clear. When clearing your driveway, either by yourself or with the aid of a private contractor, be aware that it is unlawful to push or throw snow onto or across the roadway. Your snow must be disposed of on your own property. Snow pushed onto the road not only makes plowing more difficult for road crews, but can cause a dangerous obstacle in the roadway or a nuisance to your neighbors.
- No Parking on County Roads
It is illegal to park any vehicle on a regularly maintained portion of the roadway. A plow operator may, at his discretion, decline to plow all or portions of a road if one or more vehicles are parked so as to impede snow removal. Vehicles parked on the roadway will have a Summit County Sheriff’s warning placed on the vehicle and the license plate will be recorded. If not moved promptly, the vehicle will be ticketed or towed. The vehicle owner will be responsible for all costs related to towing and impound fees.
- Adopt a Fire Hydrant
As time permits, District and fire rescue personnel clear snow away from fire hydrants. However, due to recent heavy snowfalls, many hydrants have been buried in the snow again. Lake Dillon Fire Rescue and the District are asking residents to “adopt a fire hydrant” by digging out a hydrant closest to their home for access in case of a fire. Hydrants are identified by a yellow stake with blue reflector.
The district appreciates the voluntary efforts of residents who clear their neighborhood fire hydrant of snow. Even a small walkway to a hydrant makes a difference until crews can clear a larger area. “In case of a fire, when minutes can mean the difference in saving a structure, or a life, being able to get to water is critical,” said Lake Dillon chief Jeff Berino in a written statement. “Digging out a hydrant during an emergency takes valuable time that we might not have.”
- Driveway Culverts
Due to the above-average snow accumulations this winter, make sure you are prepared for spring run-off. You own and are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of your driveway culvert. Keep culverts clear of rocks and debris. Make sure that nothing blocks either end of the culvert. Sometimes all it takes is a shovel to clear debris. If your culvert is clogged and water is diverted from the drainage ditch to neighboring properties, you will be responsible for any damage that occurs.