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January 2020


 
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DON'T IDLE – It’s the Law!

First posted February 8, 2019
During the winter months Salt Lake City has some of the worst air quality in the nation. Just as Summit County residents and visitors move across the county boundaries so does the particulate matter that makes up the dangerous air pollution in the valley. We’re responsible for generating the same pollution up here, we just don’t see the same accumulation yet due to our different geographic and climatic conditions.

Read Anti-Idling laws in effect for:
State of Utah, Summit County and Park City.

Please reduce idling your vehicle and encourage others to reduce their idling times as well.
(SSL is printing up Anti-Idling "Reminder Tickets" you can slip under wipers of offending cars you find...or mailboxes...or...Ask us if you would like some.. free.)

Let's keep our mountain air clean and healthy!


"Winter Idling Myths Busted!" ~ Firestone - Read Article

Learn how you can safely de-ice your car on a horrid morning....(click)
Did You Know?

Idling actually prolongs the warm-up period.
The conventional wisdom that you should idle your car up to operating temperature comes from the days of carburetors, which needed several minutes of idling to get to an operating temperature where they'd run smoothly.

Why you don't need to idle your engine
Engines are now fuel injected and a better approach is to simply drive away immediately. Gentle driving warms the engine quickly without putting too much load on it before reaching operating temperature.

Can idling cause damage?
Yes, idling for too long on a cold day can cause engine oil dilution.
While you might have thought that letting your car slowly warm up was reducing the strain on the engine, all that idling time leads to raw gasoline seeping into the oil, breaking down the oil's lubrication properties and increasing the wear.

Another issue in the cold? Ice. No worries.

Here's how you can safely de-ice your car on a horrid morning.
  1. Use a windshield blanket.
    Placing a windshield blanket on your windshield in the evening is a great way to have a fast and safe start in the morning.

  2. Use Your Air-conditioning..!
    The most effective way of de-icing your car is to flick on the air-conditioning and let it circulate in the car....really!

  3. Do not leave the car unattended.
    Owners who leave their engines running while they run inside to grab something they’ve forgotten are a car thief’s dream - and also breaking the law. Drivers have to be ‘in control’ of their vehicle at all times. If you need to go back into the house you should turn off the engine, lock the car and head in. Car insurers rarely pay out if the keys are left in the car.

  4. Get rid of any snow.
    Use a brush to wipe off all the snow from the car, making sure the front grille is clear.

  5. Start de-icing the outside.
    Make sure you keep a scraper and some de-icer in the car for mornings when you are stuck. As the engine warms the car from the inside get scraping from the outside. Don’t wipe windows with your hands - your mitts will leave greasy smudges.

  6. Never use boiling water on glass.
    The rapid expansion and contraction of the ice can cause the screen to crack.
 
 
December 2019
 
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Winter Safety Reminders: Where to Park, Where to Put Your Driveway Snow, and When Will The Snowplow Come Through?

Dec. 2, 2019

Everything you could want to know about snow and how it affects you and the streets in Silver Springs is now spelled out by our County Communications person, Krachel Murdock. Garbage pickup, safety issues, street parking rules and more. A veritable wall of wisdom regarding winter policies and stuff.

READ ALL ABOUT IT


 
 
October 2019
 
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SSSFHOA Annual Meeting Summary

Oct. 9, 2019

CC&Rs vote passes at last minute
At 9PM it looked like the CC&R vote would fail by a mere five votes. While it was clear that most owners were in favor of passing the updated version of the CC&Rs there were a few holdouts as well as a few sitting on the sidelines. After the new board declined to extend the voting deadline Paul and his team made some last-minute calls and were able to pull out the last few votes needed to help it pass. There was a collective sigh of relief as this important second step in creating our new CC&Rs was passed. It should be noted that this updated compilation of the CC&Rs had been approved unanimously by the prior board.

New Trustees elected
The three candidates known as Team JCH, Jessica Wiltsee, Chris Bachman, and Hunt Williams, were elected to the three available board seats at last night’s meeting. A brisk proxy gathering campaign as well as candidate disclosures in a Meet The Candidates page on SSL were cited by one candidate as very important to the campaign. That and a serious turnout of owners in favor of a change seemed to be the contributing factors to the win by Team JCH. Congrats! Now…let the work begin.

Traffic Calming
After a long process of evaluation it was determined by County that, while there is speeding on both Silver Springs Dr./ Rd. as well as East Meadows Dr., a formula used by the County consisting of road width and speed determined that the two Silver Springs roads did not warrant  traffic calming while the East Meadows Dr. results indicated it was a candidate for traffic calming. Next likely step, electronic warning signs or other non-physical efforts will be undertaken.

Stop Sign
Approved ! - At East Meadows Dr. & Ranch Place (Yeah!) Now it is just a question of when the County will install it…


Master HOA report
Big Lake Party – Boat Launch area – Watercraft Registration Enforcement – Lake Weeds Mitigation – New Playgrounds – Balanced budget.  Chris Bachman, SS rep to Master HOA and Master HOA VP explained that these items and more contribute to the overall value of the community. In response to an audience member who asked where the money given to the Master HOA went, Bachman explained that the hard scape infrastructure of lakes, parks, tennis courts and playgrounds all cost money to maintain and replace as needed and that just like the SSSFHOA has reserve and contingency funds determined to by studies as needed for fiscal responsibility, so does the Master HOA.


 
 
September 2019
 
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SSSFHOA Candidates and the 2019 Selection Process

Sept 3, 2019

There will be new board members voted in this fall and SSL thinks it is important that you know who they are and what they stand for. In years past the board has presented a list of candidate names, recommended a few they would like you to vote for, and left it up to you to make an intelligent selection...based on nothing. This often resulted in people voting for who the board told them to vote for and perpetuated a board with a very singular vision.

SSL has pushed for more disclosure regarding candidates and this year the board says they will publish a bio and some information from each candidate as to why they want to be on the board. This is a great start in the right direction and we applaud the board for doing this. We expect they will still indicate their favorites they want you to vote for… so we are going to do the same at SSL.

SSL will attempt to contact any board candidates, and we invite them to contact us as well. We will then pose a series of yet-to-be-decided questions and will publish their responses on the SSL website later in the month, but still in plenty of time for you to review and make a considered selection of who you would like to see voted in, based on their qualifications, not popularity with the current board.

Candidates – Please notify SSL if you submitted your name by the Sept 4 cutoff and would like to participate in our Q&A panel. It means extra exposure for you and a chance to be heard on your positions.
Owners – We are looking for questions to put to the candidates and welcome your suggestions. Please send them to Editor@SilverSprings.Life. We may not be able to post all questions and the ones we post may be worded differently from what you submit. We will try to do our best.

Voting is at SSSFHOA Annual Meeting on Oct 8th, 2019
 
 
July 2019


 
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Party In The Park & Big Lake Regatta - Sat., Aug 17th

July 5, 2019

WOW! The Party Planners at Masters' have been working overtime to get the 2019 Party In The Park organized...and it is the BEST one ever!

From a Wacky Regatta to Soap Boat Derby and Paddle for the Roses, to Facepainting, Magic Show and paddleboard Yoga this party has it all...even the super popular Park City band, The Mister Sister Trio. Check it out!

Big Lake Park | More Information
 
 
June 2019


 
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It's Back: Republic Services Providing Curbside Pick Up For Bulky Items Through Fall

March 22, 2019

Krachel Murdock, Community and Public Affairs, Summit County

Hi Neighbors, Are you doing some spring cleaning? Now through September, Republic Services will provide curbside bulky item removal. Items such as mattresses, yard debris, washer/dryer units, etc. can be removed by calling and scheduling a pick-up. Please call Republic Services at 435-615-8311 for pricing and questions.

 
 
May 2019


 
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New Playground Equipment Coming

May 19, 2019

Master's HOA: Just announced by the Master's HOA is that both playgrounds, Tennis Courts and Big Lake, will be receiving a major facelift to their playgrounds this summer. From expanded area to new ADA bark the two areas will be upgraded. Oh, did we mention that they both will receive brand new playground equipment?! The installations are due to be completed in July so plenty of time for enjoying the new equipment. Provided by Master's is a nice PDF showcasing the new equipment....Check it out.

 
 
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1st Silver Springs Community YARD SALE!: Sat. June 1st

May 1, 2019

As a result of the recent SSL survey asking for suggestions for events which would appeal to the neighborhood, we are pleased to announce the 1st annual Silver Springs Yard Sale!

The more neighbors who participate and promote it the more traffic and the more successful for everyone! So pitch in and pitch it out!

When is it? Sat. June 1st is the date. Get your stuff ready, let your friends know, post on Facebook, run an ad.

FREE Advertising!  SSL will create a map of all the SS homes with yard sales on June 1st. We will run an ad in the Park Record and make the map available on the SSL website. To be included just let us know you will be participating: Editor@SilverSprings.Life  Are you in?

 
 
April 2019


 
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New Summit County Lighting Regulations

March 22, 2019

Krachel Murdock, Community and Public Affairs, Summit County

Last week the Summit County Council adopted lighting regulations for both the east side planning area and the Snyderville Basin area. Ordinance highlights include: 1. Required compliance of all uses, commercial and residential. 2. Requires that all new lighting be full cutoff. 3. Provides exemptions for certain lighting (agriculture, traffic lights, public safety, holiday lights etc.). 4. Prohibits certain types of lights (architectural lighting, landscape lighting, spot/flood lights). 5. Establishes an amortization schedule requiring that all lighting be in compliance with the code after 7 years of the adoption of the ordinance. We're working to update the code on our website but in the meantime anyone who has questions may call (435) 336-3118.

 
 
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"Official" CC&Rs Survey:

April 1, 2019

The SSSFHOA Communications Committee worked the past month to identify the primary concerns owners had about the CC&Rs re-write and then prepare a survey to explore what solutions the owners would most like to see.

The survey was emailed to owners on April 1st ( no joke!) and the deadline for responses is Sunday April 7.

 
 
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Landscaping: Rules & Permits

April 1, 2019

'Tis the season when thoughts turn to...landscaping! But wait! Before you grab that chainsaw, bring in that crew to add a water feature, Xeriscape that street strip, remember.......All these activities and anything else involving a change to the physical appearance of your property, needs approval from the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Last year the review process was a bit slower than many liked due to the overwhelming demand but this year the folks on ARC promise it will be different. Nevertheless, always a good idea to get those applications in sooner than later.

Want to read the ARC Rules & Guidelines? Click here.

Want to start the ARC Application process? Click here.
 
 
March 2019


 
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Need a Sitter? Have a Sitter?

March 8, 2019

SSL is looking to create a section with services provided by locals and recommended by those in the neighborhood. We thought we would start with sitters.

Sitters: If you have someone in your household who would like to have their name available for child-sitting duty - Let Us know. We will need the person’s name, age, contact info, and up to 35 words about them, qualifications, or the service. Send your recommendations to: Editor@SilverSprings.Life

We will create a mini-directory with names and contact information which will be available to the Silver Springs community.

 
 
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February BoT Minutes:

March 2, 2019

A lot of activity at the Feb BoT meeting. A packed room with lots of comments from owners as to what the year ahead should hold. Read Feb. Minutes
 
 
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Construction: Rules & Permits

March 1, 2019

As the weather warms it is common for thoughts to turn to remodeling, adding pergolas, maybe a shed, replacing siding, replacing a roof, painting, etc. All these activities and anything else involving a change to the physical appearance of your property, needs approval from the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Last year the review process was a bit slower than many liked due to the overwhelming demand but this year the folks on ARC promise it will be different. Nevertheless, always a good idea to get those applications in sooner than later.

Want to read the ARC Rules & Guidelines? Click here.

Want to start the ARC Application process? Click here.
 
 
February 2019


 
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DON'T IDLE – It’s the Law!

February 8, 2019
During the winter months Salt Lake City has some of the worst air quality in the nation. Just as Summit County residents and visitors move across the county boundaries so does the particulate matter that makes up the dangerous air pollution in the valley. We’re responsible for generating the same pollution up here, we just don’t see the same accumulation yet due to our different geographic and climatic conditions.

Read Anti-Idling laws in effect for:
State of Utah, Summit County and Park City.

Please reduce idling your vehicle and encourage others to reduce their idling times as well.
(SSL is printing up Anti-Idling "Reminder Tickets" you can slip under wipers of offending cars you find...or mailboxes...or...Ask us if you would like some.. free.)

Let's keep our mountain air clean and healthy!


"Winter Idling Myths Busted!" ~ Firestone - Read Article

Learn how you can safely de-ice your car on a horrid morning....(click)
Did You Know?

Idling actually prolongs the warm-up period.
The conventional wisdom that you should idle your car up to operating temperature comes from the days of carburetors, which needed several minutes of idling to get to an operating temperature where they'd run smoothly.

Why you don't need to idle your engine
Engines are now fuel injected and a better approach is to simply drive away immediately. Gentle driving warms the engine quickly without putting too much load on it before reaching operating temperature.

Can idling cause damage?
Yes, idling for too long on a cold day can cause engine oil dilution.
While you might have thought that letting your car slowly warm up was reducing the strain on the engine, all that idling time leads to raw gasoline seeping into the oil, breaking down the oil's lubrication properties and increasing the wear.

Another issue in the cold? Ice. No worries.

Here's how you can safely de-ice your car on a horrid morning.
  1. Use a windshield blanket.
    Placing a windshield blanket on your windshield in the evening is a great way to have a fast and safe start in the morning.

  2. Use Your Air-conditioning..!
    The most effective way of de-icing your car is to flick on the air-conditioning and let it circulate in the car....really!

  3. Do not leave the car unattended.
    Owners who leave their engines running while they run inside to grab something they’ve forgotten are a car thief’s dream - and also breaking the law. Drivers have to be ‘in control’ of their vehicle at all times. If you need to go back into the house you should turn off the engine, lock the car and head in. Car insurers rarely pay out if the keys are left in the car.

  4. Get rid of any snow.
    Use a brush to wipe off all the snow from the car, making sure the front grille is clear.

  5. Start de-icing the outside.
    Make sure you keep a scraper and some de-icer in the car for mornings when you are stuck. As the engine warms the car from the inside get scraping from the outside. Don’t wipe windows with your hands - your mitts will leave greasy smudges.

  6. Never use boiling water on glass.
    The rapid expansion and contraction of the ice can cause the screen to crack.
 
 
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Christmas Lights & HOA dues

February 7, 2019

A reminder on behalf of your property management company:

Holiday decorations need to be taken down no later than 30 days after the holiday. That means that Frosty guy parked in your yard...gone.  Reindeer prancing on your roof...send them home. The 20,000 watt spotlight you wowed the kids with by searching the skies for Santa's sleigh...uh,uh..gotta go.

H.O.A. Dues ...seems the bill comes earlier each year, what's with that? Smart bookkeeping is our guess. In any case, your HOA bill was due at the end of January...did you remember? If not, penalties may incur. (ouch!)

 

 
 
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CC&Rs Voting Results - "NO"

February 1, 2019

Its official...Owners declined to pass the proposed CC&Rs

Record voter turnout for CC&R vote. Despite Board claims of voter apathy the results are in and show approximately 85% voter turnout. The turnout numbers certainly seem to reflect the interest people have in getting the CC&R issue resolved.

Exit Survey - We asked owners how they voted and why they voted the way they did. The survey will close at midnight Friday February 8th with the results tallied on Saturday. For a copy of the results, to view current results or to add your comments to the mix, visit out new SURVEYS page.

 

 
 
January 2019


 
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Guess What ? ...minimum lease term is 1 month, NOT 12

January 18, 2019
Breaking News... This week it was determined that the current lease term specified in the CC&Rs is actually 1 month, not the 12 months as represented by the proposed new CC&R. This is a BIG deal for many owners as this was part of their decision making process on how to vote.

Editor: At SSL we feel that owners should have the right to lease their property for any term of 1 month or more. We have been operating just fine under a 1 month minimum lease rule and there is no need to change that. The inclusion of this change to 12 months minimum is an unfair burden on those who wish to travel and cover their home while gone.

We strongly support maintaining the 1 month minimum lease currently in effect and suggest that if you feel it should be maintained as-is then you must vote "NO". If you have already voted Yes you may Change Your Vote.

 
 
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What if... the CC&Rs don't pass?

January 18, 2019
More than one homeowner has asked, “What happens if I vote ‘No’?” And, “What happens if the CC&Rs vote fails to pass the proposed CC&Rs?
It is important to remember that this vote is something of a checkpoint vote. Although the board and rewrite committee have worked long and hard on this, owners may not feel it is ready and may not pass it. Here is our take on what happens next if a "NO" vote occurs....

Read the Full Story here.
WHAT IF…
More than one homeowner has asked, “What happens if I vote ‘No’?” And, “What happens if the CC&Rs vote fails to pass the proposed CC&Rs?

It is important to remember that this vote is just a checkpoint vote. The board and rewrite committee has worked long and hard on this, and at some point, they just have to step back and ask the owners “What do you think so far – are we there yet?”

If the homeowners vote to pass it, then the proposed CC&Rs will go into effect. However, not passing it simply means that the board has a bit more work to do on the CC&Rs in order to gain the majority support the document needs to have.

The good news is that should a “No” vote occur, the world will not end. Homes will not float away, the underdrain will still be maintained just as it has been, the sun will rise in the East and set in the West, birds will sing and…well, you get the idea.

So, if anyone has been afraid that the CC&Rs must be passed or doom will settle on the neighborhood, it just isn’t so. What we think will likely happen in the event of a “No” vote is this:

  1. SSL will issue a survey of homeowners asking for reasons why they voted the way they did, either For or Against. This will be anonymous unless you wish to add your name.

  2. The results will be shared with the board who will review their own voting information, and hopefully the survey results, and discuss the concerns and reasons that owners voted “No”.
    Note: SSL will publish the results of any survey feedback, and encourages the board to make their information regarding voting and feedback available as well.

  3. The board can then determine the best ways to address the concerns as well as options for amending the CC&Rs in order to gain the broader support needed.

  4. A revised version reflecting the updates would then be presented to the community for review and feedback before being presented for another vote.
Another Vote?!” Fret not, the ordeal of the last few years does not need to be repeated. There are only a handful of issues apparently remaining in contention. One would hope these could be resolved easily and that another (hopefully final) vote could occur as early as this summer.

I just wish it was over!” Yup. So do we. In fact, all the owners we have heard from feel that way too. Many also understand the need to get the docs right before locking them down. These are the governing docs by which you and your neighbors must abide for the foreseeable future; it behooves us all to take the extra time, if needed, to get them right. If the voting passes the CC&Rs, we will be at Big Lake Park that evening lighting some “Utah Legal” fireworks and popping champagne to celebrate the end of the ordeal. If not, we will postpone and see you in there early summer.
 
 
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SSSFHOA  - CC&R Q&A Session Jan 16 - Recap

January 18, 2019
The Q&A meeting on Wednesday will be the last of the voting period which ends on Jan 31st. Yet it was maybe the most important one yet.

1. 12 Month Minimum Lease - Richard Callahan again brought to the board's attention that the inclusion of a 12 month minimum lease in the new CC&Rs was NOT an original term and was in fact a change from the current term minimum which is a 1 Month Minimum Lease Term.

Paul Reddy agreed that they could find no information to the contrary and that, barring undiscovered information to the contrary, it appears the current minimum lease is in fact 1 Month.

2. 100% rule to pass dissolution of HOA - It was pointed out that the current writing of the rule constituted a change from our current 51%. It was also pointed out that it likely violated Utah State law:
Utah Community Association Act . … Section 57-8a-104(1)(a)(i)(A) of the Utah Code expressly states: “To amend the governing documents, the governing documents may not require . . . the vote or approval of lot owners with more than 67% of the voting interests.

It was generally agreed by most at the meeting that this clause should not be in the CC&Rs.

 
 
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SSSFHOA  - B.O.T. - Recap

January 18, 2019
This past week was busy with a BOT meeting on Monday(1/14) followed by a CC&R Q&A session on Wednesday(1/16). Here are the Top 4 important things that occurred.

1. It was brought before the board that the representation of the board's support of the proposed underdrains as being "unananimous" may be inaccurate as Hunt Williams had actually voted against it. It was agreed that the minutes should be noted to reflect that Hunt Williams was the lone dissenting vote regarding the proposed CC&R's.

2. Parcel 1c - (this is the piece of open space land at the corner of Meadows Connection and Silver Springs Dr.) It was discussed what options there may be for managing and maintaining the property which has up until now been in limbo as to who owns it. It was agreed to form an "Open Space Committee" to begin the process of securing title to the property.

3. Richard Callahan brought to the board's attention the fact that the current lease restriction were for a minimum 1 month rental, not the 12 month minimum as has been represented by the board and the rewrite committee. He was asked to provide proof. (he later did)

4. The board requested that ALL owner communication which they wished to forward to the attorney, John Richards, be first sent to the board en masse at Board@SSSFHOA.org. The board will then respond or forward as neccessary.

 
 
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Masters Assoc. - 2019: The View Ahead

January 1, 2019

At the December Masters Assoc. annual meeting the board unveiled what plans were in store for 2019. We created a 2019 Master's Plan - a summary of what was shared and present it here for all those interested in what the Master's has going for this new year... for what it is worth, some pretty good stuff.

A reminder to all who may be interested... Masters is always looking for interested residents to join the board or one of the committees. There are some great things being done and being contemplated for 2019 and help is always welcome.
Contact: Robyn Bailey, 435-645-9342, Email Robyn

 
 
December 2018


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SSSFHOA  - Announces Two Q&A sessions for CC&R rewrite

In order to help all owners get their questions regarding the CC&R rewrite answered the board is holding two Q&A meetings in January. Please check the Events page for exact time and place.
 
 
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Masters Assoc. - 2018 Recap

The Masters Assoc. held their annual meeting in December and we were there to hear what was accomplished during 2018. A summary recap of what we gathered at the meeting is available at 2018 Masters Summary.
A reminder to all who may be interested... Masters is always looking for interested residents to join the board or one of the committees. There are some great things being done and being contemplated for 2019 and help is always welcome.
Contact: Robyn Bailey, 435-645-9342, Email Robyn
 
 
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Street Parking Rules In Effect

With winter upon us it is important to remember that on-street parking is subject to restrictions, especially when there is snow. Don't get ticketed or towed!

Article X, Use Restrictions, Section 9
"... No vehicle of any kind shall be permitted to be parked on any public street between the hours of 1:00 PM and 8:00 AM. No parking is permitted at any other time while snow is present requiring removal. ... "