- Public Works
- Street Sweeping
Sweeping City streets ensures safe modes of transportation for all and clean roadways improving air and storm water quality. This includes cleaning over 230 miles of roadway and bike lanes.
The main sweeping takes place twice a year, once in the spring and also in the fall. It takes four to five weeks to get the entire City swept including parking lots and all hard surfaces, and weather predicts when this operation is in full swing.
- When will my street be plowed after a snow storm?
Streets will be plowed after a snow accumulation of 1.5 inches or more, drifting of snow that causes problems for travel and icy conditions that seriously affect travel.
Street Plowing Priority
- Primary: Major roads and those that provide access to medical services, fire stations, police and other critical services are plowed first. Those are followed by other key transportation streets, including those that provide access to schools and businesses.
- Secondary: Residential streets.
- Alleys: Plowed by a separate vehicle, usually along with or after secondary routes.
- Timing: Depending on storm severity and length, primary routes may be plowed several times before secondary routes. Crews try to plow secondary routes only once per storm, if reasonable, so homeowners only need to clear the end of their driveway one time.
Learn more about snow plowing.
- A snow plow just left my street. Why is there a pile of snow at the end of my driveway?
Snow plows are not able to "skip" your driveway. Snow build up from plows may differ from home to home due to a variety of factors like corner lots, snow accumulation along the gutter line or distance between driveway openings.
- A plow hit and damaged my mailbox. Who is going to fix it?
At the homeowner’s request, the City will replace the mailbox with a standard-size, non-decorative metal mailbox and replace the support post, if necessary. Alternatively, the City will reimburse the mailbox owner the cost of repair parts, up to $100, for the replacement of the mailbox and post with a submitted receipt for replacement parts.
- My water bill seems high this month. Why has it increased?
Common reasons for a high water bill could be summer irrigation usage, dripping or leaky faucets, running toilets, or malfunctioning water softener.
- When will the street be completely fixed after a winter water break?
As soon as weather permits in the spring, water main breaks are prioritized for repair.
- Who fixes my sod or irrigation system if it gets damaged by a plow?
The City will repair plow damages with black dirt or seed each spring. Irrigation damage will be looked at on an individual basis. Please call 952-826-0376 to report any damage.