The Public Works Department is responsible for ensuring that streets, courts and cul-de-sacs are safe and accessible for vehicles.
During and after the storm, some streets may be snow-packed and snow can be expected to accumulate adjacent to the traveled portion of a road to the extent that a motorist's sight distance may be greatly reduced.
The following priority system guides the department when clearing streets:
Priority 1 - All arterial and minor arterial streets considered to be the minimum network which must be kept open for emergency vehicles (over 176 lane miles).
Priority 2 - All remaining minor arterials, selected collectors, bus routes, and streets around schools (over 31 lane miles).
Priority 3 - All other selected collectors completing the network covering the major traffic volume streets and selected "hot spots" such as intersections, hills, and known handicapped routes (over 40 lane miles).
Priority 4 - All remaining streets such as residential local streets and cul-de-sacs (over 162 lane miles).
The Public Works Department has developed a procedure for performing snow and ice operations for all varying weather conditions. Personnel will respond each time we are notified that weather conditions include the possibility of creating a hazard for the public. Depending on the severity of the storm, as few as two employees and two trucks to as many as 42 employees and 21 pieces of Town equipment can be made available to combat a storm.