Snow Removal Regulations and Suggestions

11/24/2015 2:44:00 PM

We made it through the first snowfall of the year! Now,
here are some more reminders regarding snow removal for the rest of the season:

2015-2016 Snow Removal Information

When the snow starts to fall, the Public Works Department activates its "Snow & Ice Removal Plan". Exactly what happens depends on the amount of precipitation that has fallen, the total amount predicted to fall, the temperature, the expected duration of the storm/event, and the moisture content.

The following suggestions and reminders will help us complete the snow removal process in an efficient and timely manner.

~ Please DO NOT shovel or plow snow into any City street, onto any public sidewalk, or obstruct any fire hydrant.

~NO PARKING is allowed on any street if there is an accumulation of 2" or more of snow. This is in effect until plowing operations have been completed.

~DRIVEWAYS - We know it is frustrating to clear your driveway and then have a plow come by and put snow back in it. This is unavoidable without greatly increasing the cost of snow removal. You can help minimize the amount of snow pushed back into your driveway by piling it on the right side of the driveway (away from approaching traffic).

~ MAILBOXES - Winter is hard on mailboxes along the streets. However, if they are in good condition and properly installed, they will withstand sludge discharge from the plows. Most mailboxes knocked down during snow removal are not hit by the snowplows, they are in poor condition and knocked down by the snow discharge. The City will only be responsible for damage done to mailboxes that are properly installed and are hit by a snowplow. Be sure the front of the mailbox is a minimum of 6" from the back of the curb, and the bottom of the mailbox is at least 42" from the top of the curb. If there is no curb, the front of the mailbox should be a minimum of 12" off the edge of the roadway pavement and 48" to the bottom of the mailbox.

Your cooperation in abiding by these wintertime regulations and suggestions is greatly appreciated.

If you have any concerns with snow removal, please contact the Street Department at 815-654-5040 and provide the nature of the concern and your contact information, if you wish to be contacted.

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