Snow & Ice Control Tips

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Please help keep the City safe and accessible for all citizens!


  • Residents are responsible for removing snow from adjacent sidewalks. Please assist us in providing a safe walking surface for pedestrians. Transportation Division crews do their best to keep from plowing snow back on the sidewalk however, it may still occur.  If a snow plow moves snow on to your sidewalk, please know that it is still your responsibility to keep the sidewalk clear.
  • Do not shovel, blow, or plow snow from your driveway or sidewalk into the street. Snow should be piled in yard space behind curbing and sidewalks. Moving snow into the right-of-way may cause ice ruts before the street is plowed, making entrance to your home and driving on the road dangerous.
  • Avoid the “Second Shovel.” To avoid having snow covering your driveway from plows, shovel the snow in the same direction of the traffic into your yard. This will minimize the amount of snow pushed back in front of your driveway.

Second Shovel

  • Shovel around hydrants, mailboxes, and storm drains. Maintain an accessible area in front of mailboxes and around fire hydrants.  When storm drains are blocked, ponding of snow melt can occur, resulting in ice dams and localized flooding. If snow or ice impedes the approach to a mailbox, there may be a delay in service.
  • Park vehicles off-street. Vehicles parked in the street create a hazard for snow plow operators and do not allow roadways to be completely cleared. If you cannot park off the street, park as close to the curb as possible.
  • Make sure your trash/recycling is accessible.  If a snow event occurs immediately before or on your trash/recycling collection day, do not place your materials for pickup until absolutely necessary.  If too much snow builds up around the receptacles, crews will not be able to service them. Place receptacles at least 2 feet back from the curb to avoid contact with snow equipment.
  • Don’t follow closely behind snowplows, sanders, loaders and tractors.  They may stop suddenly or spray sand, rocks, or other material.
  • Ensure that your children do not play where snow is piled or near snow control vehicles. Do not sled on roads and streets.  It may be difficult for equipment operators to see children while clearing.
  • Remove basketball hoops, bicycles, soccer nets and all other personal property from the street right-of-way.  These obstructions pose a safety hazard to snow-plowing crews and to the traveling public during snow events.  The City is not responsible for damage caused to personal property left in the street.
  • Purchase or service snow removal equipment before the winter storm season. Be prepared and assure your equipment is in good working order.
  • Be a good neighbor.  If you know of an elderly or disabled neighbor that may need help shoveling their driveway or sidewalk, please consider doing it for them.
  • Be patient during winter weather. Depending on the severity of the snow event, it may take several hours to several days for life to return to normal in the City. Anticipate travel delays and give yourself plenty of time to travel.  The Transportation Division works hard to maintain the streets during conditions of snow and ice.