During winter weather events, major thoroughfares and critical areas will be cleared first and will remain the focus in overnight hours. Side streets, neighborhoods, and cul-de-sacs will be cleared once the major thoroughfares and critical areas are safe to travel.
Major thoroughfares are main roadways and emergency routes.
Critical areas are bridges, hills, railroad crossings and any other areas that may need increased attention.
Cul-de-sacs are cleared initially by the large plow truck, which travels the outside of the circle along driveway entrances. The center of the cul-de-sac will be cleared by smaller trucks that can more easily maneuver the area. These drivers do their best to place the snow in an unobtrusive area.
Please understand that our plows cannot keep snow out of residents’ driveways. Snow from the roadway is pushed from the center to the edges, and it is the homeowner’s responsibility to clear the snow from the end of their driveway, as well as in front of the mailbox. This snow should not be placed back in the street.
City Code prohibits property owners to place snow from their property (driveways, sidewalks, etc.) in the street. (City Ordinance 72.53)
City Code prohibits parking on the street when snow is in excess of two inches until streets have been cleared. (City Ordinance 72.04)
Damage to the grassy-area in the right-of-way is one of the unavoidable side-effects of clearing the streets. In spring when the ground has thawed, we inspect the routes, and repair the damage by: filling in with topsoil, and planting grass seed wherever necessary.
Residents who place landscaping (shrubs, stones, and plantings other than sod) or irrigation systems in the city right of way assume any liability for damage.