Preparing for Winter
Do you recall the unprecedented snows last winter? While it is unlikely we will repeat such a storm this year, I want to tell you what actions the City undertook to prepare should another occur. Led by Public Works, City staff made recommendations in three primary areas: equipment, communications and operations/logistics.
The Public Works department prioritized funding to purchase snow removal equipment. In addition to the City's three existing snow plows, we now own a plow and an anti-icing system that can be installed on an existing Parks dump truck, a plow assembly for an existing four-wheel drive vehicle, a steel plow edge, a larger anti-icer storage tank and added de-icing capability to the three existing sanders.
This equipment allows us to clear additional streets and provide redundancy when a piece of equipment is down for repair. Improved anti-icing tools prevent snow and ice from bonding to roadways, making plowing easier with less build-up of rutted, uneven ice. It also allows us to use less sand, which accomplishes three goals: reduces costs, increases safety and minimizes environmental impacts from
Communication improvements include adding live traffic cameras and a map detailing plowing priorities to the City's website, installing permanent signs along major routes to tune to AM 1650 for emergency information, tightening our procedures for responding to inquiries and upgrading web site information to include information links to Metro Transit and Waste Management.
To improve operations and logistics, the existing snow plan was reviewed and updated, as were City staff procedures
But with all our preparations, nothing is more important than a prepared community. It is each resident's responsibility to prepare themselves for emergency situations.
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As always, I welcome your comments or questions on this or any issue. Please contact me at 425-556-2101 or
John Marchione, Mayor