Adverse weather forces several closings

Norwalk pummeled by snow, wind.
Scott Seitz
Jan 2, 2014

 

Today's snowy conditions have forced a number of offices to close.

Due to inclement weather, Norwalk city offices closed at noon today. City hall will re-open at 8 a.m. Friday.

Norwalk city council has also canceled its meeting scheduled for this evening. Council will meet in its organizational meeting and work session at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Council will then met in regular session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Huron County title and license offices will close at 1:30 p.m. today, as will the county common pleas court, clerk of courts, juvenile court and recorder's offices.

All of Citizen's Bank branches will be closing at 2 p.m. The Huron County health department also will close at 2 p.m.

Shipley's Office Supply on North Foster Street is closed.

The Norwalk Reflector office will close at 3 p.m.

Today's Willard-Margaretta girls' basketball game has been postponed. For a list of other sports-related closings, click HERE.

In another weather-related matter, the U.S. Postal Service is reminding area residents to shovel around their mailboxes so mail carriers have clear access to deliver.

It takes more than a few flakes to deter letter carriers from making their appointed rounds throughout northern Ohio.  “But, if we cannot reach your mailbox, we cannot deliver your mail,” said Melvin J. Anderson, USPS Northern Ohio District Manager.

“The Postal Service treats safety and service with equal priority,” Anderson said. “That’s why we remind you to include that mailbox in your snow removal routine.”

Letter carriers are on the front line of severe weather conditions like many areas are experiencing today, he explained. “Painted porches and steps can be especially hazardous. While salting and rubber-backed mats help, we rely on residents to clear the snow. If there’s a warm spell, and the melting snow puddles, a quick freeze can make a sidewalk slick again.”

Residents who receive delivery to roadside mailboxes also must keep the approach to, and exit from, the mailbox clear of snow along or vehicles, or trash cans or any other obstacles. “The carrier needs to drive in, and then out, without leaving the vehicle,” said Anderson. “The area near the mailbox should be cleared in a half-moon shape to give the carrier full visibility.”

“Please watch for slow-moving postal vehicles, carriers on foot, and children at play near mailboxes or snow banks,” he said. “And don’t zip by neighbors who are clearing mailboxes or collecting their mail. Let’s all stay safe.”

Comments

Sarrak

This is a huge problem for elderly disabled folks on fixed incomes. We can't shovel, can't get to the car to move it, etc., etc.

starryeyes83

Also a huge problem for people who rent from owners of apt complexes/houses who don't want to pay for snow removal or salting the sidewalks and parking areas.

I would think it's a big lawsuit waiting to happen.

nelly

just because you rent,does not mean you can't pick up a shovel & use it

itsmerachael

What if people pay the landlords/owners to shovel the snow, but they won't until it's done snowing? Why do it yourself when you are paying each month for it to be done for you?

starryeyes83

IN a complex? where it drifts 4-5 feet , that's what they're paying rent for . And WHO pays for the SALT? What about tenants who have health issues ? Do YOU not understand the term "liability".

And plowing the parking lot?

That's what those rich park people have shi*loads of money for.

oneandonly

It's also a huge problem when the landlord wont let you park in the driveway because it's for the upstairs people only