Grounds/Garage Department

Jason Haggett

Jason Haggett

Grounds Supervisor



Snow Removal Program

During adverse winter weather conditions, it is often necessary to prioritize the assignment of personnel and equipment for snow removal. The policy defines staff responsibilities, weather emergency guidelines, equipment available, and assigns a relative priority to be used in making these decisions. It will be reviewed annually. All revisions or updates will be done as the need arises, but all additional considerations must be made in writing.

Notification Procedures

Mobilization for snow removal will be determined by the grounds supervisor during the normal working hours, Monday through Friday:

  • 4:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - 3 staff
  • 5:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - 2 staff
  • 12:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - 1 staff

During non-working hours, University Police will notify the grounds supervisor of weather-related emergencies.


A weather-related emergency exists under the following conditions:

  • Four or more inches of snow has fallen before the beginning of a regular work day.
  • Sleet or iced-over conditions exist.
  • Extreme blowing and drifting exists.

All other snow conditions will not be considered emergencies and will be addressed at the beginning of the next work day.

Snow Removal Priorities

The grounds supervisor will make on-site decisions regarding the assignment of personnel and equipment for snow removal. The supervisor will assign specific equipment to routes and specific employees to equipment if weather conditions warrant such action. Normally, sufficient personnel and equipment are available to simultaneously clear roads, steps, walks and parking lots.

Snow Removal Procedures

Steps shall be partially shoveled with a path along the railings for initial opening of these areas. Disability areas must be fully accessible.

Clean-up operations after a storm shall involve completion of opening all walks and entry ways and de-icing.

  • Snow shall be pushed back from sides of roadways, walks and parking lots.
  • Stairs shall have all remaining snow removed.
  • Ice choppers and ice melt applications will then be employed on remaining ice.
  • Application of ice control products will follow plowing, based on present weather conditions, or when freezing occurs, as determined by the grounds supervisor.
  • Return trips to remove melted ice and slush to the surface will complete the cleaning of all surfaces.
  • Return trips for sanding and salting equipment shall be made as often as necessary on roads, as determined by the grounds supervisor.
  • Scraping down of roads and walks by equipment shall continue until all surfaces are free from packed snow and ice.

When plowing parking lots, snow should be piled so as not to block thoroughfares and sidewalk areas. If snow has to be pushed up over a curbed area, it should be piled so that it will not fall back into the lot and still be clear of any adjacent sidewalks.

General Information

Vehicles that block snow removal routes will be referred to University Police and may be towed at the owner's expense! (A snow route is a designated area that must be free of motor vehicles in order to facilitate the removal of accumulated snow and for the operation of snow removal equipment.)

Snow removal supervisor shall determine when snow equipment and personnel should be halted due to extreme weather conditions.

Snow Removal Priority List

4:00 A.M. SHIFT: Plow Truck 1

  • Loop
  • Lot 7
  • Lot 6
  • Lot 8
  • Athletic Facility Roadway
  • One-way access road to loop behind Cooper Service
  • Wing Loop (if needed)

4:00 A.M. SHIFT: Pickup Truck 1

  • Chaney Dining Hall loading dock area
  • French Hall sidewalks
  • Fire Lane/Disability Areas
  • Walkways
  • Behind French Hall, down to Plaza
  • In front of the Campus Center
  • Behind Dorms
  • Burma Road across to island

4:00 A.M. SHIFT: Front End Loader

  • Dana Hall U.P.
  • Lots 10A and 10B
  • Lot 14
  • Lot 9
  • Lot 13
  • Lots 5, 5A
  • Payson Drive
  • Lot 4

5:00 A.M. SHIFT: Backhoe Snow Pusher

  • Cooper Lot 12
  • Driving lanes - Lot 1
  • Pressure House
  • Driving Lanes - Grasse River
  • Plaza
  • Driving Lanes - Lot 3

5:00 A.M. SHIFT: Plow Truck 2 / Snow Blower

  • Grasse River Sidewalks
  • Residence Hall entry/sidewalks
  • Island Footpath
  • Shovel steps
  • Sanding/salting

6:30 A.M. SHIFT: Pickup 3 Athletic Facility

  • Clean walks and entryways
  • Plow back lot
  • Clean off sidewalks

6:30 A.M. SHIFT: Pickup 2 Physical Plant

  • Plow out vehicles and shops
  • Clean walks and entryways
  • Plow back lot

6:30 A.M. SHIFT: Physical Plant Staff

  • Clean off sidewalks
  • Clean off stairways
  • Clean off Dorm entryways

As Available: (Snow Blower/ Shovel)

  • Clean steps
  • Blow snow off island
  • Clean off sidewalks
  • Clean out flag poles at French Hall
  • Clear snow away from entrances to Academic Buildings
  • Clean behind Rendezvous

12:30 P.M. SHIFT: Afternoon Shift

  • Cleanup
  • Sanding
  • Move snow
  • Steps/Entries
  • Event Parking
  • Athletic Events
  • Service Equipment

4:00 P.M. SHIFT: Evening Staff

  • Keep building main entryways clear
  • Athletic events

Alumni House

  • Done as time permits
  • Cleaned in time for all scheduled meetings
  • CA will provide schedule

Other work after other routes and tasks completed:

  1. Cooper Service Building front / shops
  2. Plaza / Ramp area French to plaza
  3. French Hall front
  4. Lots 3 and 1
  5. Exit doors / gymnasium
  6. Substation
  7. Pole barn area
  8. Simultaneous bucket work, sanding and hand shoveling will be done, including steps, fire hydrants and Blue Lights.
  9. Remove snow banks

Cooper Service Complex
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: 315-386-7222
Fax: 315-386-7960

Office Hours:
7:30 am - 4:30 pm

After hours, call
University Police