Snow Removal

During snow storms, DPW manpower is maximized by including Highway, Forestry, Sanitation and Water Bureaus to work together, along with Public Safety, to clear roads in order of priority:  

  • Primary Roads are cleared first, followed by 
  • Secondary and then 
  • Tertiary roads  
This order helps the city achieve its goal of keeping roads open so that rescue vehicles are able to make their way, in case of emergencies that may arise during inclement weather conditions.

During any snow event please adhere to the following guidelines:


Safety first!

Make sure children and pets are not playing in or near the street when you see plows coming through your area.   
Snow removal is a serious task which requires full attention from crews.  

Do not park cars on the street.

Whether it is day or night, the DPW snow plows must be able to clear the streets of snow safely and effectively.  Cars that remain on the street may get plowed in, and may also receive a summons from the Public Safety department.


Keep Sidewalks and Crosswalks Clear of Snow and Ice

 

  • Sidewalks should be shoveled the entire width of the sidewalk, as prescribed by the City ordinance Section 160 of the Municipal Code. 
  • Curb cuts must be kept clear of snow and ice.  
  • Make sure wheelchairs and strollers can easily traverse sidewalks and curb cuts.

WHEN A STORM ENDS AT NIGHT

  • Businesses and multi family residences must clear sidewalks by 10 a.m.
  • Single family residences must clear sidewalks within 10 hours.
WHEN A STORM ENDS DURING THE DAY
  • Businesses and multi family residences must clear sidewalks within 2 hours.
  • Single family residences must clear sidewalks within 10 hours.
PRIVATE CONTRACTOR GUIDELINES 
  • Private contractors may not plow private driveway or parking lot snow into or across public streets. 
  • Snow should be plowed to the rear of private property or a summons may be issued.  
City Charter: Snow Removal Section 7-2-1


Do you have a question about snow removal

  • Road Conditions - Call 422-1202 
  • Sidewalk Conditions - Call 422-1208 or 422-1206 

We take pride in our snow removal efforts.  Please help us to help you!