Rain or shine, a mayor has a job to do.
With snow, however, Draper Mayor Charles Hoffman's job description changes a bit.Hoffman, a part-time mayor who devotes full time to city business, literally "moonlights" as one of the city's two snowplow drivers.
His winter work begins long before the sun breaks over the Wasatch peaks. Beginning at 3 a.m., Hoffman maneuvers his city plow to one side of Draper, while public works employee Troy Eppley takes the other.
"If we wait until people start to work, the snow has either been driven on or packed down, or automobiles are in a precarious position," Hoffman said.
When Draper residents leave home, they have "a decent surface to drive on." Ditto for their return drive home.
Depending on the weather conditions, Hoffman and Eppley work anywhere from from three to 20 hours - making city roads safer for residents. Sleet takes precedence over sleep; city police have been instructed to call him at any hour to sand dangerously icy thoroughfares.
But then hard work is nothing new for the former truck driver-turned-city official.
When Hoffman retired as a line driver for IML Freight, he didn't stop working. His route merely changed.
Instead of traveling the freeways, he spent time filling chuckholes along city streets, mowing lawns for Jordan School District and removing weeds along city streets.
If road signs need repair, the city looks to Hoffman. He also doubles as a sanitation worker, personally carting garbage to the city trash bin when the garbage truck misses a house.
"I have an interest in the city, I like the people, I like the job I am doing. I need to keep active, and this keeps me really active," is Hoffman's explanation for laboring long hours with no compensation.
As mayor he makes $333.33 per month per diem. As jack-of-all-other-trades, he's compensated even less - zero, to be exact.
But money isn't a motivator for the 69-year-old mayor who rounds up stray horses - and often keeps them in his own corral until their owners are found.
He also heads the local blood drive, and with wife, Bula, oversees the annual selling and distribution of the city's birthday calendar.
Proceeds are donated to the city's spook alley preparation and for hotdogs and drinks on Halloween night. Hoffman favors a city celebration on Halloween - if only to keep children off the city's clean, and for the most part, safe streets.