Snow Emergency/Snow Removal Policy

The City of Le Sueur believes that it is in the best interest of the residents for the City to assume basic responsibility for control of snow and ice on City streets. Reasonable ice and snow control is necessary for routine travel and emergency services. The City will provide such control in a safe and cost effective manner, keeping in mind safety, budget, personnel and environmental concerns. The City will use City employees, equipment and/or private contractors to provide this service.

When Will the City Start Snow or Ice Control Operations?
The Public Works Director or his designee will decide when to begin snow or ice control operations. The criteria for that decision are:
  • Snow accumulation of 2 inches or more
  • Drifting of snow that causes problems for travel
  • Icy conditions which seriously affect travel
  • Time of snowfall in relationship to heavy use of streets
During Public Works Department off hours the Le Sueur Police Department personnel shall notify the Public Works Director or his designee of deteriorating travel conditions within the City.

Snow and ice control operations are expensive and involve the use of limited personnel and equipment. Consequently full snow plowing operations will not generally be conducted for snowfall of less than 2 inches.

How Snow Will be Plowed
Snow will be plowed in a manner so as to minimize any traffic obstructions. The center of the roadway will be plowed first. The snow shall then be pushed from left to right. The discharge shall go onto the boulevard area of the street. In times of extreme snowfall, streets will not always immediately be able to be completely cleared of snow.

Dispatching Snow Plowing Equipment to Aid Emergency Vehicles
At anytime during snow occurrences it may become necessary to dispatch a plow truck to assist emergency vehicles (ie. fire trucks, ambulance). Snow removal equipment will not be dispatched to assist in these emergencies, if due to weather conditions the equipment or operator could become endangered.

Snow Hauling
When snow accumulations necessitates, loading and hauling of snow in the "central business district", shall commence within twenty-4 hours after all snow plowing operations have been completed. The specific streets are identified in the attached City Ordinance. The Public Works Director or his designee will determine when snow will be removed by truck from other areas. Such snow removal will occur in areas where accumulated piles of snow create a hazardous condition. Snow hauling operations will not commence until other snow plowing operations have been completed. Snow hauling operations may also be delayed depending on weather conditions, personnel and budget availability. The snow will be removed and hauled to a snow storage area.

Weather Conditions
Snow and ice control operations will be conducted only when weather conditions do not endanger the safety of City employees and equipment. Factors that may delay snow and ice control operations include severe cold, significant winds and limited visibility.

Use of Sand, Salt & Other Chemicals
The City will use sand, salt, and other chemicals when there are hazardous ice or slippery conditions. The City is concerned about the effect of such chemicals on the environment and will limit its use for that reason. Application of the sand/salt mixture is generally limited to priority routes, steep grades and high volume intersections. Application is limited on lower volume streets, cul-de-sacs, and parking lots. Due to the highly corrosive nature of the deicing chemicals utilized by the City, chemicals will not be applied to the Municipal Airport runway, or other areas used by aircraft.

Mail Delivery
The snow plow operators make every effort to remove snow as close to the curb line as practical and to provide access to mailboxes for the Postal Department. However, it is not possible to provide perfect conditions and minimize damage to mailboxes with the size and type of equipment the City operates. Therefore, the final cleaning adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident.

Complaints
Complaints regarding snow and ice control or damage shall be taken during normal working hours and handled in accordance with the City's complaint procedures. Complaints involving access to property or problems requiring immediate attention shall be handled on a priority basis. Response time should not exceed 24 hours for any complaint. It should be understood that complaint responses are to ensure that the provisions of this policy have been fulfilled and that all residents of the City have been treated uniformly. It is the City's intention to log all complaints and upgrade this policy as necessary in consideration of the constraints of our resources.