Process of Snow Removal
When street conditions due to snow / ice dictate the need for treatment and/or plowing, as determined by the conditions, the city’s Public Works department, treat and/or remove snow from city streets, city owned sidewalks, and parking lots. It is the policy of the city to treat the main traffic ways first and continue until they are deemed clear and open for safe travel, before doing residential street zones. Once the main roads have been cleared / treated, operators will be assigned to specific zones that include residential streets. After all streets have been satisfactorily plowed and treated, operators will plow / treat city parking lots.
Tips for Helping Snow Removal Operations
- Stay back at least 50 feet from the rear of the plow truck so the rock salt they spread will not hit your vehicle.
- Park your vehicles in the driveway and don’t allow vehicles to extend into the roadway. Cars in the roadway hinder the performance of snow removal operations. If street parking is absolutely necessary, do not park directly across from another parked car. Visibility is poor during snow removal and the trucks are large and need room to maneuver. Please give the trucks plenty of room.
- Children are attracted to snowplow trucks. Teach your children to stay away from the street when they see the trucks coming. Snow plow trucks move several tons of snow off the pavement. It is extremely dangerous to allow children to play near the road during snow removal. The truck drivers cannot always see children playing and the weight and force of moving snow could cause serious injury.
- When shoveling your driveway, do not place the snow from your driveway back into the street.
- Portable basketball goals, hockey goals, skate board ramps and other portable structures should always be off the street surface.
- Trees that are located close to the street with branches growing above the pavement must have the branches trimmed a minimum of fourteen feet above the pavement. In the past, snow removal trucks have been damaged by low hanging limbs resulting in equipment down time and a slower snow removal program.
- During all inclement weather conditions, you should keep informed on weather and driving conditions through the local media.