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What Residents Need to Know When it Snows

Posted: December 28, 2020

City standard for snow and ice control on public streets is bare pavement within 24 hours following the cessation of snowfall from an average 4” to 6” event.

Snow Plowing Priorities are as follows:

  • Arterial Streets
  • Collector Streets
  • Local Roads & Cul-de-Sacs
  • Alleys & Recreational Trails

Sump pump discharge should not run over sidewalks and allowed to freeze. De-icing chemicals must be used to control a potential hazardous condition. Residents may be cited.

When it begins to snow, please remove all vehicles from the street. If snow is predicted to occur during evening hours, it would be wise to move your car off the street. City code prohibits parking in turn-a-round areas of cul-de-sacs until snow is cleared.

Abutting property owners are responsible for removing snow/ice from public sidewalks that are less than 6’ wide.  If the sidewalk, bike path, or separated recreational trail is greater than 6’ wide, our Parks and Recreation Department will be responsible for clearing them.

If snow/ice remain on sidewalks for more than 48 hours, the City may remove the snow/ ice and assess the actual cost against the property. Questions or concerns are directed to our Code Enforcement Department at 563-344-4064 or

During snow and ice control operations fire hydrants tend to get buried under the snow.  Residents who have a fire hydrant near their property are required to shovel a 3’ wide area around the hydrant to ensure our Fire Department can locate the hydrant quickly during an emergency.

When clearing driveways, make sure snow is not pushed into the streets.  This is covered by City Code and violators may be cited.

Residents are required to remove snow and ice around their mailboxes to ensure proper delivery of mail.

If a mailbox is damaged due to winter maintenance operations, the City will place a temporary mailbox on the property and replace it with a new one in the spring.  At the request of the homeowners, we may reimburse the homeowner $70 to replace the mailbox themselves.

As plows travel along streets, the snow accumulated on the plow blade has no place to go but on the adjacent boulevards and in driveways.  Snowplow operators try to make every attempt to minimize the amount of snow deposited in driveways, but the amount can still be significant.  The more snow that has fallen, the greater the problem will be.

Most snowplow trucks will make six (6) passes on residential streets and ten (10) passes on four lane streets during an average snow removal operation. This means driveways could be filled up to three (3) times or more due to the trucks plowing the snow to the curb.

Clearing an area adjacent to the driveway, in direction of plow, allows for snow that builds up on the plow blade to drop off here rather than cover the driveway opening.

Driveways should be shoveled side to side, depositing snow into the lawn rather than pushed off into the street.  This decreases the time for crews to clear the street and reduce safety hazards for other vehicles.

Additional Suggestions

Keep small children inside when snow removal equipment is in your neighborhood.

When setting garbage cans out for pickup, residents should clear a space next to the curb for the cart or place it in the driveway, if possible. Do not place on top of a snow bank or behind a snow bank.

Trim low hanging branches ten feet (10’) above the street to prevent damage by snowplow trucks.

Please do not plow or shovel snow into or across the street.  It is against the City's Ordinances to do so, and if the snow removal equipment doesn't get a chance to come back and remove it, snows will most likely freeze and cause ice ruts.  This could be hazardous for motorists and pedestrians.

Do not pass a plow and do not follow them closer than fifty feet (50’).

Please let the Public Works Department know of any treacherous conditions or problems encountered on the city streets.

Please be patient.  All the streets will be cleared and the problems will be responded to as quickly as possible.


For further information about residents’ responsibilities during the winter months, please call Public Works at 563-344-4088 or email at