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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Changes to Snow Removal Plan Being Tested

Changes to Snow Removal Plan Being Tested

Denison Mayor Pam Soseman says during last week's snow and ice storm there were some people who called Public Works to report icy spots on the roads in town. She says the only problem with that is the number of Public Works leads to a landline and everyone at Public works is out on the streets getting roads cleared. She says there is someone else citizens should be calling. 

"Call City Hall, they will contact Public Works and let them know where the location is, and they'll get on it right away," Soseman said.

She says it is important to get Public Works up to speed on trouble spots in town, especially if there is a chance for collisions and crashes. 

"In the event that it falls on a weekend or evening you are welcomed to call myself or any of the city council members, and we will contact public works to take care of that," Soseman said.

Soseman says sometimes mother nature can wipe out the work of city workers. Last week was a great example. 

"Because of the winds, they would clear a street and the winds would come along and create a sheet fo ice when it would bring snow back on the roadways," Soseman said.

Recent changes to city code means changes to when plows will be out on the roads. Soseman says the old code had plows out with one or two inches of snow. That bar has been lowered. 

"There is a change so you can accumulate a half inch of snow before it has to be removed," Soseman said. "Again, once people walk on that snow it gets packed down and icy, so we want to make sure people are getting out there and removing that snow."

That change in code also brings KDSN as the official observer on reporting snow totals. 

"If people want to know if we've gotten a half inch of snow or more, listen to KDSN because that's how we'll be judging how much snow we've gotten," Soseman said.

Soseman says later this week there will be another challenge to snow plows. Forecasts call for real temperatures to be between -5 and -20 degrees and wind chills to as low as -40 with blowing snow and gusting winds. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Wednesday night through Friday night.

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