The Street Department is responsible for the repair and maintenance of over 97 miles of city streets, all city alleys, traffic signs, pavement markings, catch basins, storm sewers, detention ponds, and culverts.
Snow removal is probably the most visible responsibility. During a snowfall our first priority is to keep hills, highways, bridges, downtown area and main streets open, salted and sanded. Once the snow has stopped falling, plowing of all our streets typically takes up to 12 hours depending on snow depth. Alleys are normally not plowed unless snowfalls totals reach three inches. After all streets have been plowed the City does haul snow from the downtown area. As time permits throughout the winter, snow is also removed from the boulevard on hills, business locations around town and on dead end streets. As a courtesy, if conditions and time permits, an attempt is also made to haul snow from around church locations.
During snow removal efforts, motorists are asked to slow down, watch for flashing lights on vehicles, and keep a safe distance from all snow removal equipment. Hazardous conditions may be reported to the Street Department.