- Residents should be aware that severe
weather may cause the hauler to adjust schedules or temporarily suspend
operations. Go to the Trash/Recycling
page for hauler contact information to determine if weather is causing
a problem with the collection schedule or to report
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Residents are reminded thatborough ordinance (see chapter 21, section 321)
requires that you remove
snow from sidewalks within several hours of the end of a storm.
We understand that storms create a hardship for all and
we ask that property owners do their best to clear a path so that
pedestrians and school children are safe. The borough will enforce the ordinance and we ask all to
comply. See the borough's policy on snow removal enforcement and a summary of the borough's ordinance by clicking here
Recommendations on snow removal from our public safety officials and other online sources:
- If there is a fire hydrant near your home please assist our volunteers by removing snow from around the hydrant.
- Do NOT throw snow on the streets as you clear your walkway and
driveway. This is a safety issue and police will issue citations
for those who do so.
- We ask that you help your neighbors and that
all residents check on seniors who may be stranded in their homes
during severe weather
- The Borough is not permitted to assist residents by clearing driveways, sidewalks, etc.
- Take care to not overexert when shoveling snow. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids. Bend
from the knees, not your back, to prevent back injury, and be sure not
to overload your shovel. Try to push snow instead of lifting it.
- Make sure that a snowblower is turned off before attempting to clear snow that may clog the chute or moving parts of the blower.
- Heavy or packed snow on a natural gas meter could temporarily stop the flow of natural gas and create a hazard.
- Plows may throw snow back into areas that have been previously
shoveled as crews attempt to widen travel lanes during snow storms. Be prepared to
shovel after the plow passes as waiting may allow the snow to turn to
ice making it difficult to remove.
- If you have room, remove snow from either side of your driveway entrance
for a few feet as this may allow a snow plow to clear its load first
rather than deposit a large amount of snow directly in front of your
- Click here for tips on snow shoveling from North Dakota State University
- Click here for tips from This Old House on how to shovel snow/melt ice.
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- In addition to the suggestions mentioned above:
Hills is known for its friendly citizens and close neighborhoods but we
cannot emphasize enough the need to check on neighbors and the elderly
during an emergency.
- If you are walking outside be aware of downed wires that may be
buried in the snow; be aware of tree limbs above that may be overloaded
by snow and in danger of breaking or falling. To avoid slipping,
make yourself walk very slowly, and whenever possible step on snow, not
shiny patches of ice.
- Avoid walking in the street. If walking at night remember
to wear light colored, reflective clothing so that you are
- Drivers: be aware of children playing in the snow or sledding
- Click here for driving tips from the National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration.
- Click here for driving tips from the AAA
- Be careful using candles, fireplaces, portable heaters and
similar devices. Do not leave them unattended and make sure that
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Office hours are as shown below (allow for adjustments and
closings if weather conditions change; call ahead if in doubt -
412-351-7330). Please understand that severe weather may affect
office operations and may limit hours and use of phone service. Always dial 9-1-1 in an emergency
. If in doubt as to
whether you have an emergency, err on the side of caution and call
Monday - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Tuesday - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wednesday - 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday - 9:00 AM to 1 PM
(This schedule may change during holidays, weather or other emergencies or other times of the year with changes posted at the main office. The office closes on the second Wednesday of each month from 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM for staff meetings)
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