This winter, the snow is no reason for local seniors to live like shut-ins.
The Moffat County commissioners Wednesday passed new regulations for plowing the driveways of senior and disabled Moffat County citizens.
The county has plowed driveways for these groups in the past but because certain situations involved extensive amounts of work, the commissioners drew up plowing regulations.
"We were plowing over mile-long driveways," Moffat County Commissioner Les Hampton said. "On two occasions last year we were called to plow driveways over three miles long."
Such long plow jobs cost snow removal employees time, which in turn cost the county money.
Rather than eliminate the service, as was proposed, the commissioners drew up a revised policy, with the help of a workshop of seniors that met October 20.
Hampton estimated that about 30 people attended the workshop.
Seniors 65 years of age and older and qualified disabled citizens can pick up a snow removal application at the Road and Bridge Department, or they can call that office at 824-3211 and request that an application be mailed.
Senior citizens and disabled citizens' driveways rank third on Moffat County's snow removal priority list, along with secondary county roads. First priority goes to school bus routes and primary county roads have secondary priority.
According to the new regulations, Moffat County will only plow driveways up to a quarter-mile in length, and only after five inches of snow have accumulated.
Driveways longer than one-quarter mile will be plowed on an emergency basis. Emergency calls must be placed through the Moffat County Sheriff's Department.
Otherwise, Moffat County will plow snow on a "will call" system for unusual circumstances, such as snowdrifts, at the discretion of the Moffat County Road Department director.
These driveways will be plowed on the next regular plow schedule.