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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Winter Snow Operations

With the Snowfalls comes the presence of the City plow trucks on the roads. Please remember to stay a safe distance (at least 50 feet) behind plow trucks when driving. The drivers may make sudden stops or swerve suddenly to avoid an obstacle, such as a mailbox, or garbage can, and following too closely could result in an accident.

Also, remember to inspect your mailbox before each winter. Residents are responsible for ensuring that their mail box and post are in good condition. typically when a mail box gets knocked over it's not because it gets hit by a plow. Usually it's because the post is rotted or corroded and the weight of the snow causes it to fall over.

When shoveling, snow blowing or plowing your driveway keep in mind that the City's municipal code prohibits the placement of snow and/or ice from private driveways into the public street or right-of-way. If you hire a plowing service to plow your driveway, you should make sure that they are aware of this so they don't drag the snow/ice from your driveway and deposit it in the street. The municipal code does allow for the City to charge the property owner for costs to remove the improperly deposited snow or ice from the street.

Every winter we receive a few complaints about the windrow of heavy snow that the plow trucks leave behind across the end of driveways. While there is no way to prevent the windrow of snow coming off the edge of the plow, the magnitude of the windrow could be reduced by considering where you place the snow that you remove from your driveway. Residents should consider placing more of the snow at the end of the driveway to the far side of the driveway (with the near side being the side that the plow truck approaches your driveway from). If you leave la large pile of snow on the near side of the driveway, some of this snow will be deposited across your driveway when the plows return to perform their widening pass. If you have less snow pile on the near side of the driveway, the size of the windrow left across your driveway should be smaller.

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