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2013 Media Releases

November 21, 2013
For More Information Contact:
Scott Opfer, Street and Traffic Operations Mgr., 402-525-5619

Prepare Now for Winter Weather

The Public Works and Utilities Department encourages residents to be prepared for winter weather by reviewing the City snow operations information available at (keyword: snow). For City crews to clear streets effectively and efficiently, community cooperation is required. Residents are discouraged from parking on the street during any snow storm and are encouraged to plan ahead for alternative off-street parking.

The Mayor may declare three types of parking bans:

All bans remain in effect until terminated by the Mayor. Vehicles parked illegally during parking bans are subject to fines, towing and storage costs at the owners' expense. Vehicles parked in a way that does not allow emergency vehicles to pass may be ticked for obstructing a public street.

The 2013-14 snow removal budget is about $3.7 million, a 4.5 percent increase over the previous year. This includes a $528,000 fund balance, $1,133,261 from the Street Construction Fund, and $2,045,114 from the General Fund.

Residents also are asked to stay informed on the status of snow operations. The City uses the following methods to inform the public:

City ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks by 9 a.m. the day following the end of the snow storm. Sidewalks must be kept clear of snow and ice during the day. The entire width of the walk must be cleared, along with any adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. It is illegal to push or blow snow into or on any street, alley or sidewalk. Violators are subject to a fine. Residents are encouraged to clear snow from fire hydrants.

Residents are also asked to keep the following contact information handy:

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