The Highway Department is responsible for keeping approximately 640 miles of roads safe for the traveling public.  It is our goal to get over every road at least once a day during a heavy snow.  The County is divided into 12 territories.  Each territory has over 50 miles of road to be maintained.  When plowing snow, the 50 miles become over 100 lane miles.  We also plow numerous subdivisions within the County.  Each territory person is responsible for clearing the roads in the most efficent and timely manner.  Situations can arise delaying the snow removal process such as mechanical failure or equipment becoming stuck and needing assistance to get back on the road again.  During a heavy snow, the day may begin at 5:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m.  We also plow on weekends as needed.  We are an emergency organization and assist the Sheriff's Department, Fire Department and the EMS as needed. 
For the record, we do not intentionally hit or damage mailboxes.  Most mailbox damage is caused by snow coming off of the snow plow or underbody blade.  We do not replace mailboxes that have not been physically hit by the truck or plow.  One of the representatives from the highway will make a determination as to whether the mailbox was physically damaged by our equipment and as to whether we will replace the mailbox.  On October 17, 2005, the County Commissioners signed an ordinance pertaining to the placement of mailboxes along the county roads. All new mailbox placements need to refer to Ordinance #2005-13.  A copy of the ordinance may be obtained at the highway office.