The City’s Snow and Ice Control Policy
describes the manner in which snow and ice control will be conducted by City forces. The purpose of the policy is to outline the process that the Public Works Department will utilize to:
- provide for the operation of emergency services and transit;
- provide vehicular traffic with adequate mobility under prevailing winter conditions within the City’s financial resources;
- prevent or reduce accidents or injuries due to winter conditions;
- minimize economic loss to the community resulting from restricted transportation routes and;
- ensure that city owned parking lots do not become impassible.
Snow Clearing Priority System
Snow clearing is conducted according to a priority system, starting with major roadways and emergency streets. When storms are continuous, or closely follow one another, operations will be repeated or continued on the routes of highest priority until all such roads are completed before moving onto streets of a lesser priority. Please see the Plowing Priority Map.
If snow storms are continuous, or follow closely one after the other, operations will be repeated or continued on the highest priority until completed before moving on to the next priority. As an example, crews will leave the priority two streets, even if not complete, to return to priority one and start over. Parking bans are put in place in order to hasten the process of snow clearing from city streets. Fines and towing are an option to to encourage compliance.