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Ready for winter

Post Date:10/02/2019 10:26 AM

  Front end loaded with salt 2

Boots and snow shovels may not be on your agenda just yet, but the City has been busy getting ready for winter since August.

New to snow?

If this is your first Colorado winter then you might not be familiar with exactly what happens in Louisville when it snows.

The City’s Operations Team keep an eye on the forecasts and start sending out their trucks with plows and salt as soon as they believe the roads are getting slick or accumulating snow. The team of 14 work in shifts, ensuring that all of Louisville’s roads are cleared. Meanwhile the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Department clears concrete trails within the City’s trail network, City parking lots, and sidewalks adjacent to City buildings.

After hours, the Police Department monitor the roads while the Operations Team check cameras at City Hall and the Recreation & Senior Center. While many cities wait for six inches of snow to accumulate before plowing the roads, the City of Louisville plows after two inches of accumulation.

Your responsibilities

As a Louisville resident or business, it is your responsibility, according to the Municipal Code, to clear the sidewalk in front of your property of ice and snow within 24 hours. The City runs a program called Snowbusters to assist older adults with these snow shoveling responsibilities and volunteers are always welcome.

When the plows are out, it’s really important for all drivers and cyclists to heed the warnings (printed in yellow and black on every truck) to stay back 200 feet. This is for your safety as well as the safety of your passengers, pedestrians, and the City’s drivers.

stay back 200 ft

Snow prep

To get ready for all of the Colorado snow, the City has been ensuring that the snow plowing equipment is ready for the winter, training new colleagues, and purchasing salt – nearly 900 tons of it!

Commenting, Operations Manager Michael Cleveland said:

“Winter is a busy time of year and we always like to get a head start because you just never know when that first snow will fall.

“Plowing snow is a skill, but our team has years of experience under their belts – some with as many as 25 years. We’re looking forward to another successful winter.”

    

(Tom, Vickie, and Mason have almost 50 years of snow plowing experience between them.)

Find out more

If you have any questions about the City’s snow plowing program and procedures, please contact Michael Cleveland by phone (303) 335-4757 or email.

To find out more about Snowbusters, the City’s program to assist older adults with snow shoveling, please contact Diane Evans by phone (303) 335-4919 or email.

The City’s Municipal Code outlines the requirements for snow removal:

Sec. 12.16.050. - Removal of snow.

It shall be unlawful for any owner or occupant of any lot, block or parcel of ground within the city, or any agent in charge of such property, to allow any snow or ice to accumulate or remain upon any sidewalk alongside such property longer than 24 hours from the time of the last accretion of such snow or ice.

(Code 1962, § 20.34; Code 1977, § 12.16.050)

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