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Trash collection postponed, Village Hall closed Friday, Feb. 9

Groot Industries, the Village of Oswego’s contracted waste hauler, will not be collecting garbage and recycling on Friday, Feb. 9,  because of forecasted treacherous driving conditions.

Residents who typically put out their garbage and recycling for Friday collection should instead put their trash out for collection before 6 a.m. Saturday.

In addition, Oswego Village Hall will be closed tomorrow, Feb. 9.

As of Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning affecting Oswego, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday evening through 6 p.m. Friday. Between 6 and 10 inches of additional snow accumulation is expected.

Residents are advised of the following safety and travel precautions:

Travel

  • The National Weather Service has advised against unnecessary travel and predicts a potentially hazardous Friday morning commute. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle, and make sure you have enough gas to keep the vehicle warm in case you become stuck.
  • Because of the length of the storm, the Oswego Public Works Department will be splitting its crews into two 12-hour shifts in order to keep roads open and safe throughout the duration of the snowfall. Because of this, it will take longer for plows to make one full pass through the Village.
  • Because the Village expects to plow in multiple passes during this storm, salt applications will be limited only to streets where it is absolutely needed in order to prevent salt being plowed up on a second pass.

Safety

  • This snow is expected to be wetter and heavier than recent snowfalls. Residents with certain health conditions should avoid strenuous shoveling, go slow, and ask for assistance from neighbors.
  • Snow forts are fun, but do not allow children to build forts near streets or on traffic medians or islands as vehicles and plows may not see the fort or children.  
  • Residents are asked to shovel sidewalks and ramps and dig out fire hydrants so that firefighters can find them in an emergency. Snow plows attempt to pile snow in such a way that it does not block sidewalks and ramps, however, a large volume of snow can make this impossible.
  • Residents who wish to only shovel once are reminded that crews will be making multiple passes and additional snow may be piled near the curb.

 For more information, contact Oswego Public Works at 630-554-3242.

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