Removing snow from Borough roads is one of the most important jobs performed by our work crews.  The Callery Borough Road Department keeps Borough roads clean and safe following a snowfall by plowing roadways and using chemical treatments that melt snow and ice on the pavement.  The Borough makes every effort to keep all Borough Streets clean.  

Important things to keep in mind to ensure the winter season is safe and enjoyable for everyone:

DRIVEWAY TO ROADWAY – Do not shovel snow into the road or have your driveway plowed into the road.  This can cause a serious traffic hazard.  If possible, it is best to place snow on the side of your driveway opposite the direction the plow is traveling.  By implementing this technique, the plow will push snow away from your driveway rather than back into it.

If possible, wait until the road has been plowed before clearing out the end of your driveway.  There is no practical way to plow the road without depositing snow into your driveway.

MAILBOXES AND MAILBOX POSTS – The Borough is NOT responsible for damage to mailboxes caused by snowplows since mailboxes are erected on the right-of-way at the property owner’s risk.  Mailboxes should be placed as far from the right-of-way as possible and still permit access by mail carriers.  Mailboxes should be placed on a “firm support.”  PENNDOT offers suggestions to help reduce the possibility of your mailbox being damaged by routing winter maintenance operations.


 Homeowners should make sure their mailbox is firmly supported and placed 
       as far beyond the shoulder of the highway as the postal carrier can reach.

 Place a 6 to 8 inch piece of reflective tape on the mailbox to help snowplow 
       operators see the mailbox at night or during a storm.

 Remove snow from around the mailbox, but avoid throwing snow back on the 

 Posts should be checked for deterioration to reduce damage from the weight 
       of snow.

 If the mailbox is located within the legal right-of-way and damaged was 
       experienced in the past, you may  want to consider relocating your mailbox. 
       Any installation in the right-of-way is placed there at the owner’s risk

Please remember that snowplow operators are instructed to maintain lower speeds when plowing in the area of mailboxes are present.  However, higher speeds are often necessary to contend with heavy, wet snow.  Taking steps to ensure the visibility and stability of mailboxes will help snowplow operators and postal carriers continue to deliver quality service this winter.


*As a reminder, under Chapter 73 of the Code of the Borough of Callery, "The owner, occupant, or tenant of any real estate abutting any public street or road in the Borough is required to remove, cause to be removed from the sidewalks in front of or alongside real estate all snow, ice or sleet accumulations accumulations within twenty-four (24) hours after any fall of snow, ice storm freezing rain or sleet ceases"