In order to help the general public understand how we handle each snow storm, our salting and plowing policy is written below. Keep in mind that the snow removal ordinance prohibits parking on any public street, alley or parking lot whenever two inches or more of snow accumulates. By using this system, we can generally have the entire city plowed curb to curb, including alleys and parking lots within 8-10 hours following the end of the storm.

1" or less of Accumulation: Salting Only. As soon as roads become slick, we will begin salting of all arterial and collector streets and just intersections on residential streets.

If the storm begins after regular Street Department working hours, the Police Department Shift Supervisor can authorize the dispatcher to call in one (1) or two (2) Street Department employees to begin salting operations. If additional manpower is needed, the Street Superintendent will be contacted by one of the employees on duty.

1" to 2" Accumulation: Salting operations stop after 1" accumulation. We will begin plowing arterials, collectors, and residential streets, if conditions warrant, when the storm ends. If there are cars parked on the street, plows will go around them.

More than 2" Accumulation: After 2" have accumulated, only the driving lanes on arterials, collector and residential streets will be plowed. Primary emphasis will be on high traffic streets, therefore not all residential streets may be plowed at this time. Driving lanes will be re-plowed at each additional 3" of accumulation until the storm ends.

In the municipal parking lots and in the street scape parking areas, we will attempt to clear all snowfall prior to 7:00 am. Vehicles parked in these areas Monday - Saturday between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm will not be ticketed or towed. After 7:00 pm, they will be subject to towing and tickets.

When the storm ends, all streets, alleys, and parking lots will be plowed curb to curb subject to the above policies and any vehicles parked on the roadway will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.

The End of Your Driveway

The City’s crews use side discharge plows. As the plows move forward, snow moves along the blade from the left to the right. The discharge from the blade is deposited along the curb or in the grass boulevard on the city right of way. This discharge, officially known as a “windrow”, ends up leaving snow in driveway approaches along the route. While we understand the aggravation this can cause, this natural result of plowing is unavoidable.

Your Mailbox

The goal of the Street Department is to clear the streets for travel. No matter how hard we try, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions for your mail carrier. Final clearing adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident. 

The Postal Service asks customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes, to help letter carriers deliver the mail.  This will help your carrier efficiently deliver your mail.  If your carrier is not able to safely deliver the mail to your mailbox, delivery may be suspended.