Snow Removal Guidelines

City Plowing
Plowing begins in the City when snow is more than 1-inch deep and forecasts indicate no melting will occur. The Streets Division is responsible for plowing more than 180 lane miles of roadway in the City.

Snow Removal Priority List
During snow removal, emphasis is given to primary streets, which are major thoroughfares or streets with dangerous hills or curves. These streets are given top priority to ensure that emergency services such as police, ambulances, fire trucks, and emergency equipment can respond. Secondary streets, which intersect major thoroughfares, will be plowed and salted after primary streets have received treatment. Dead-end streets, alley ways and cul-de-sacs will be plowed and salted last.

Road Salt
Road salt loses its melting ability below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, Beet Heat is added to our salt and then spread onto the pavement. Beet Heat increases the melting intensity of the salt and provides a decrease in the re-freeze of the melted snow and ice. 

Residents Can Help
The community also plays a large role in assisting the City with quick and efficient snow removal. The following are tips on how residents can help:
  • Be patient.
  • Do not push snow into the street.
  • Clear snow from the sidewalks in front of your home or business.
  • Remove parked cars from the street, especially in cul-de-sacs.