The Road Division is committed to keeping our streets clear
and safe. Our operators and equipment are capable of battling
the most demanding of snowstorms. We pride ourselves on
plowing snow until all our roads are clear and safe for
traffic. The township is divided into 12 different areas and
snowplows systematically work toward each other until the job
High priority roads are the first to be plowed and salted
during snowstorms. Once the storm ends the assault on Township
subdivision streets begins. Township crews and equipment will
work around the clock until all our roads are safe for
February 2006, Bloomfield Township adopted a
Snow Emergency Ordinance that prohibits parking on
publicly maintained streets within Bloomfield Township during
a snow emergency. Having the roads cleared of parked vehicles
will greatly improve the Road Division’s ability to plow, salt
and clear the roads safely and more efficiently. Read below
for more information.
Snow Emergency Ordinance
Township Code of Ordinances
Snow Emergency FAQ
1. How will we know when a snow emergency is declared?
News of the snow emergency will be broadcast on area radio and
television stations, including BCTV Cable Channel 15. You may
also call a telephone hotline, 248.594.2848, to hear a
recorded message stating when the snow emergency is in effect.
2. When do my vehicles need to be off the street?
Residents will have six hours from the time the snow
emergency is declared before enforcement of the ordinance
begins. Even stalled or disabled vehicles must be towed or
pushed off the street. The snow emergency will remain in
effect until another announcement is made that it has ended,
or, once a street is substantially cleared of snow and ice,
from curb to curb, for the length of the entire street, it
would then be excluded from the snow emergency.
3. Are there any exceptions to the Snow Emergency
Residents without a driveway are exempt from the requirement.
Those residents will need to obtain a special parking permit
and display it in the driver’s door-side window of the
vehicle. Permits may be obtained from the Police Department.
4. What is the penalty for non-compliance?
Non-compliance may result in a fine of up to $100 and
illegally parked vehicles may be towed and impounded.
General Snow Removal FAQ
1. Why are those reflective markers in front of my
They help guide our snowplows. The Carsonite Marker Program,
in use for the past several years, successfully helps flag
over 350 specific road edges that our snowplows must maintain
with caution. These four-foot yellow, reflective markers are
made from carsonite, a flexible material that will not cause
damage when it comes into contact with snowplowing equipment.
Although some residents may feel these markers are unsightly
when placed in their areas, most welcome them as another vital
tool to help lessen the possibility of sod and sprinkler
damage caused by our snowplows. These markers will be in place
from November through May along the more than 200 miles of
subdivision roads that Bloomfield Township maintains.
2. The snowplow pushed a lot of snow into our driveway.
Will the Township come out and remove the snow?
Unfortunately, the downside to having our roads plowed is that
snow ends up in our driveways. Snowplow drivers are directed
to follow Township plowing procedures, which do not include
clearing driveway approaches. These procedures were adopted to
provide the best snow removal possible for all the residents.
3. The snowplow knocked down our mailbox. Will the
Township replace it?
If your mailbox is damaged by a Bloomfield Township plow
truck, call the Road Division at 248.594.2800 as soon as you
are aware of the damage. Mailbox damage reported well after
plowing is complete may result in our inability to verify
the cause of damage and therefore make necessary repairs.
Damaged mailboxes and posts will be repaired and/or replaced
with standard (regularly and widely used; available at local
supply stores) mailboxes (large and small) and posts (wolmanized
or cedar 4x4 cross member), which will be reset in dirt.
During snow clearing operations, damaged mailboxes and posts
will be replaced with temporary ones when Road Division
personnel become available. Once snow-clearing operations
are complete, repair efforts will be directed toward the
permanent repair of all damaged mailboxes and posts.
The Township does not replace ornate (elaborately decorated
or custom made) mailboxes or posts.
If possible we will repair the box. If that isn't possible,
we will put up a temporary box and post. In the spring,
permanent boxes are installed.
4. We have sod and
sprinkler head damage from the snowplow; will you make the necessary
The Road Division will repair any sod or sprinkler head damage
done by Township equipment. Please contact the Department as
soon as you are aware of the damage so we can schedule the
5. The snowplow tossed gravel onto our lawn; can you
have someone rake it from the grass?
Snow removal on gravel roads in either early winter or late
spring can be a real problem if a large snowstorm hits and the
roads are not frozen. If the roads are not totally frozen it
is very likely the plows will pick up stones with the snow and
deposit them onto the grass along with the snow. This is an
unfortunate part of snow removal on gravel roads. As this same
condition effects all resident on all 37 miles of gravel roads
in the Township it would be impossible for the department to
provide this type of service to remove them.
For more information, go to Helpful Winter Tips.