A reminder about snow removal

A reminder about snow removal
Posted on 11/11/2011

This year, Mother Nature has already proven that she can do what she likes, sending us a snow storm during the first week of October. With that in mind, now is a good time to get ready for more snowfall this winter by brushing up on the city’s snow removal ordinance.

On February 22 the city council made changes to Title 11 of the city code, which now requires residents to move parked cars off the streets when there is any accumulation of snow until 24 hours after a storm has passed. The change is meant to facilitate more efficient snow removal practices.

Previously, the ordinance stated that cars had to be moved after a snow accumulation of four inches. However, the city’s public works department found that so many cars were being left parked on roadways after snow removal efforts had begun that plows were having to make multiple passes through neighborhoods in order to remove all the snow. And those multiple passes began to eat into the city’s $400,000 snow removal budget.

Also, it is just safer to move parked cars in advance of snow removal efforts than to leave them on the road, because it cuts down on possible vehicle or property damage and injury.

Sidewalks need to be cleared of snow within a reasonable time on the same day the snow falls, unless the snowfall occurs after 8 p.m. In that case, it can wait until the next morning but must be gone by 10 a.m.

If you have questions regarding snow removal procedures, please call the city offices or submit a question through the Help Desk system on the city website.