Snow and Ice Control

Winter means snow and ice, and that means plow trucks will be out de-icing and plowing several miles of city streets, cul-de-sacs, city-owned parking lots, sidewalks, paths, and trails.

The City’s snow plowing policy states that streets will be plowed after a snowfall event of two inches or more. For accumulations less than two inches, a decision is made based on road conditions and the weather forecast. On occasion, the best policy is to plow after a one-inch snowfall if the forecast calls for extremely cold conditions that could freeze the snow and cause rough and unsafe driving conditions. Salt is spread on roads when plowing is not necessary and also as part of normal plowing procedures. Salt takes time to activate, particularly in extremely cold temperatures, so do not assume it is safe to brake quickly just because there is salt at an intersection. Please exercise caution on icy roads. There are times when the low temperature and lack of sun results in salt not working on ice and the roads remain in poor condition. City crews will do their best to scrape the roads, but they can’t always get them clean.

Please do not plow, blow, or shovel snow across the street or back into the street. This snow hardens and causes unsafe driving conditions. If you hire a contractor to plow your snow, please remind them not to plow snow across the street. All snow should be kept on the property from which it is cleared. Depositing snow on another resident’s property is illegal according to state statutes and also not very neighborly. Each resident is responsible for his/her own runoff, including snow, and cannot direct it onto another resident’s property. Any resident found to have dumped snow on another resident’s property without consent will be required to remove the snow and is subject to a citation.

Pile snow downstream of the plowing operations to help minimize the amount of snow you get at the end of your driveway. The City does the best they can to minimize the snow left in driveways, but sometimes it is unavoidable when plowing streets, cul-de-sacs, and sidewalks. If your mailbox is physically hit and damaged or knocked down by a plow truck, the City will replace the mailbox with a temporary one until the ground thaws and then a new post and box will be installed up to a value within reason for a mailbox. If the snow plowed by a plow truck knocks over the mailbox, the City is not responsible for repair of the mailbox due to the post being unfit for winter conditions.

Please stay back when driving behind plow trucks. Seeing other vehicles is very difficult for operators and they can activate the salt spreader at any time, which could damage a vehicle driving too close to the truck.

Do not allow children to play in snow piles at the end of driveways or along side the road. A plow truck could drive by without seeing a child and cause serious injury or death.

With your cooperation, Public Works can be more efficient and have the roads cleared in very little time. If you have any questions regarding the City’s snowplowing procedures, please call or e-mail the Public Works Director at 651-766-4049 or bill.dircks@littlecanadamn.org.

 
   
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