While snow and ice wreaked havoc over most of Ohio this week, things in the Johnstown area went well in terms of safety and street-cleaning operations.

While snow and ice wreaked havoc over most of Ohio this week, things in the Johnstown area went well in terms of safety and street-cleaning operations.

Come spring, however, students and staff in Johnstown-Monroe and Northridge school districts will pay the price for extra snow days by staying in their classrooms after summer vacation was supposed to have begun.

According to Ohio law, school districts can cancel up to five days during the academic year without having to make them up. But Tuesday, Jan. 27, marked the sixth day the Northridge district canceled classes because of poor weather, said superintendent John Shepard. Northridge also closed school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

And as of Friday, Jan. 30, Johnstown middle school and elementary schools had closed nine days because of inclement weather and the high school had used eight days. J-M was closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Both J-M and Northridge will make up days at the end of the school year.

In the village of Johnstown, acting village manager Randy Ashbrook said things went better during the past week than they did during the season's first significant snowfall the week of Jan. 12.

"All over Johnstown, things were better," he said. "More people were moving cars this time. That really helps out."

Johnstown's parking regulations require residents to move their vehicles off streets and in the Businessman's Downtown Parking Lot after a two-inch snowfall to facilitate the cleaning of the streets.

He said the street department's three-person crew worked 17 hours to clear streets Wednesday.

"We put in overtime Wednesday, but we're trying to burn some of it with comp time," Ashbrook said. "Anytime you work over 40 hours in a week is considered overtime. At this point, we're well within budget.

"ODOT has guys who do a 12-hour shift," he said. "With only three of us, we don't have that luxury."

The snowfall delayed trash pick-up in the village by a day.

Licking County was under a Level 2 Snow Emergency Wednesday and Thursday. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads in a Level 2.

Police Chief Don Corbin concurred with Ashbrook that village residents did a better job of getting their cars off the streets last week.

"There weren't as many cars parked on the street as there were before," he said. "Because it was so severe, we couldn't do anything about it. They just had to plow around cars. If they got plowed in, they got plowed in."

Corbin said the police department responded to one accident on Tuesday, and a Briarwood resident called Wednesday about someone hitting their car and fleeing.

"We've had a pretty good week," he said.

Monroe Township Fire Chief Dudley Wright said there was no increase in fire or emergency runs due to the snowstorm.

"We've been slower than normal, and we attribute it to the fact people are holed up in their homes, safe," he said. "I think there was a dramatic decrease in traffic in Johnstown the past few days. The schools were closed and people anticipated the roads would be bad."

The department hadn't responded to a single accident since the snow started on Tuesday, Wright said Thursday.

"We had two injuries from falls, but it has been very slow," he said. "It's wonderful. It's a little boring but we're glad everyone is safe."