Snow Plowing and Emergency Response (Policies AND Statistics)
Regular work schedule: Four ten hour day work week, Monday through Thursday, year round. Full time employee work force: 9 available to plow snow.
Each employee plowing snow is responsible for approximately 70 miles of road (3 to 4 passes). Note: work force has been reduced by more than 50% since 1980.
PRIVATE SNOW PLOWERS AND THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED THAT: SNOW OUTSIDE THE COUNTY RIGHT OF WAY IS NOT TO BE MOVED ONTO THE RIGHT OF WAY.
IF THIS OCCURS AND CREATES A ROAD HAZARD TO THE TRAVELING PUBLIC, THE PERSON COMPLETING THE ACTION COULD FACE SOME LIABILITY IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT THAT RESULTS IN INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
• Roughly 700 miles of roads to plow per snowfall.
• Minimum of 4-inch snowfall required to plow on non-regularly scheduled workdays.
• Baker County does not clean out approaches (driveways).
• Baker County does not plow private drives.
• Baker County does not sand county roads (note: Baker County Road Department does not own a sander and has never sanded County roads).
• Baker County does not plow at night, except in extreme emergencies.
• Baker County runs one shift (i.e. one crew per regular workday).
• School bus routes and collectors are priority roads to be plowed first.
• Drifting snow CAN cause a need for non-regularly scheduled workday plowing if it creates a danger or closes roads.
• Baker County will, when possible, widen out/clean up the next regular workday after a snowfall if it has not snowed again.
• Granite Hill Highway #502: Cracker Creek to Granite Mtn summit is snow plowed under Intergovernmental Agreement with Grant County.
• Anthony Lakes Highway #1146: North Powder River Sno-Park to the Resort is under Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, 541-856-3277.