Snow plows maintain city streets when snow or ice accumulation creates slippery road conditions and following the conclusion of a measureable snowfall.
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The first priority for plowing operations is main thoroughfares of town: Greeley Street, Main Street, Lexington Avenue, Amhearst Boulevard, Chickasaw Street. Highway 346 (Sample Street / Greenwood Avenue) is maintained by the Iowa DOT.
Following the plowing of the main thoroughfares, the plow operators work efficiently from one side of the city to the other plowing all city streets.
Residents can be assured that when snowfall accumulates, the Public Works staff will do their best to plow all streets as soon as possible in order of priority, but severity of storms can greatly tax equipment and human resources. It takes approximately nine (9) hours for Public Works staff to complete snow plowing operations.
If snow accumulation is minimal and plowing is not necessary, salt and sand may still be applied to prevent slippery conditions.
STREET PARKING & SNOW PLOWING
You can help by keeping parked cars off streets during and after snow storms. Parked vehicles are an obstacle to clearing the street and also pose a hazard that plows must maneuver around. Your street will be plowed more thoroughly if there are no vehicles parked on the street. Parking is prohibited on all streets and alleys, including city right-of-way, during snow removal operations unless the snow been removed or plowed from said street after the snow has ceased to fall.
Snow plowing may commence at any time based on road conditions and weather, it is important to find suitable off-street private property parking during any time of snowfall.
PRIVATE PROPERTY SNOW REMOVAL RULES
Remember: It is illegal to deposit snow from private property onto public streets. Snow shoveled or plowed from private driveways, parking lots or sidewalks shall not be piled on public streets or another person's private property. Violators may be ticketed and fined.