Snow Removal

When Will the City Start Snow or Ice Control Operations?
The Public Works Director, or responsible person will decide when to begin snow or ice control operations. The criteria for that decision is:

  • Snow accumulation of 2 inches (not a minimum) or more
  • Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel
  • Icy conditions which seriously affect travel
  • Time of snowfall in relationship to heavy use of streets.

Snow and ice control operations are expensive and involve the use of limited personnel and equipment. Consequently, snowplowing operations will not generally be conducted for snowfall less than 2 inches.

Priorities and Schedule for Which Streets Will be Plowed
The City has classified streets based on the street function, traffic volume and importance to the welfare of the community. Those streets are classified, as “Snow Plow Routes” will be plowed first. These are high volume, which connect major sections of the city and provide access for emergency, fire, police and medical services.

The second priority streets are those streets providing access to schools and commercial businesses, low volume residential streets, alleys and city parking lots.

Weather Conditions
Snow and ice control operations will be conducted only when weather conditions do not endanger the safety of city employees and equipment. Factors that may delay snow and ice control operations include; severe cold, significant winds and limited visibility.

Use of Sand, Salt and Other Chemicals
The city will use sand, salt and other chemicals when there are hazardous ice or slippery conditions. The city is concerned about the effect of such chemicals on the environment and will limit its use for that reason.

Winter Parking
Winter parking regulations run November 1 - April 1 from 2AM - 7AM.