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Job Opening – Public Works/Utility Operator: The Village of Wyocena is accepting applications for a Public Works/Utility Operator. This position is responsible for water and sewer utility operations as well as general village maintenance. Mechanical aptitude and the ability to perform physical tasks in diverse weather conditions are necessary. This is a 40 hour per week position including every other weekend on-call. Full benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, state retirement, deferred compensation, health, dental, vision, accident, life, and income continuation insurance. Applicants are encouraged to live within 20 miles of the Village of Wyocena. Application and job description are available at this link or at the Village Clerk’s Office, 165 E. Dodge Street, Wyocena. Return a completed application and resume by 3:00 p.m., February 20, 2023 to be considered.

TEST TW WEATHER

Keep Hydrants Clear!

Keep your fire hydrants clear (per Ord. 61.b)

Help protect your home and neighborhood by clearing around fire hydrants after every snowfall.

Snow accumulation is the result of plowing and snow clearing, and can completely cover or restrict access to fire hydrant. With all the snow we’ve had this winter, and the cold temperatures that have limited melting, this is becoming a problem throughout the city.

Hydrants covered in snow means a slower response to responding to and extinguishing fires. This can result in catastrophic consequences if firefighters have to spend time locating a buried hydrant and/or clearing snow away from it, especially if the snow is heavily compacted from snow plowing and frigid temperatures. Keep in mind that firefighters need to access the sides of the hydrant, not just the top.

A hydrant covered in snow like the one pictured is not usable and will require the firefighters to dig it out, which wastes valuable time when responding to a fire.

So what should you do?

If you have a fire hydrant in front of or adjacent to your home or business, please clear all the snow at least three feet around it on all sides after every snowfall. Make sure that the hydrant is easily visible from the road, and that there is enough room for firefighters to maneuver around it to easily connect fire hoses to it. The more often the snow is cleared, and the sooner it is after a fresh snow, the easier it is.

Remember, it’s the entire neighborhood’s responsibility to keep their hydrants clear, since all properties benefit from the protection they provide.

If there is a hydrant in your neighborhood that isn’t being cleared by the homeowner, or if you know of an elderly or disabled homeowner that struggles to clear snow, then “adopt a hydrant” and make it part of your shoveling and snow clearing routine. It will only take a few extra minutes, and is a quick and easy way to help the Wyocena Bureau of Fire help you and your neighbors should a fire ever occur. 

Your assistance is appreciated!