Snow Removal Procedures
Roads within the City have been prioritized for snow and ice control operations based on overall traffic circulation, emergency services, terrain slope, business and residential needs, as well as other variables. Snow plowing and graveling is contracted to begin at 3″ snow depth. Gravel only will be applied in the case of little snow but icy conditions.
The City contracts with a local Snow Removal/Gravel service to provide round-the-clock snow removal when needed. During heavy snowfall events, the contractor may have to re-plow high priority primary streets before plowing lower priority residential streets.
Tips for Snow Conditions
- Avoid Parking on the Street – Move vehicles off the street to enable the contractor to work safely and efficiently in clearing the streets.
- Give plows and sanding trucks room to maneuver; do not follow too closely.
- Do not pass trucks when snow is being plowed or sand is being applied
- Do not pull out into the intersection when snowplow trucks are approaching
- Blocked Driveways – It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations; this cannot be avoided. The City regrets this inconvenience, but the City has limited street funds that must be stretched to clear the City’s streets. Residents need to take responsibility to clear snow at the end of their driveway.
- Sidewalks – It is the responsibility of the property owner or resident to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to the property. Following the winter season, the contracted street sweeper will clean the City streets of gravel. It is the residents’ and business owners’ responsibility to sweep excess sand that has accumulated on the sidewalk into the street for the street sweepers to pick up.
Priority 1 – Primary streets connecting higher traffic local and through routes, school bus route, and the Mosier emergency shelter at the Grange Hall
Priority 2 – Local higher traffic routes
Priority 3 – Low traffic residential (NOTE: At this time there are very few residents on these streets. Because this route would cost as much as Priority #1 and #2 combined to plow, City Council has not scheduled this as an automatic #3 priority route with the snow plow contractor.)