FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Hermanson, Director of Public Works
RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED TO NOT DEPOSIT SNOW INTO STREETS
Lake Mills’ residents are reminded that snow from their driveways or sidewalks must not be deposited into city streets.
There are several reasons for not depositing snow the street:
1) Snow deposited into the street after the street has been plowed becomes hard packed and creates a rough area that can be distracting and/or hazardous for drivers.
2) These hard-packed areas tend to remain as ice after other portions of the street have thawed making this area dangerous to traffic.
3) The City has a policy to clear streets from curb-to-curb to help maintain lane width through the winter, and to better accommodate water flowing off the street when the snow melts. Areas where snow has been deposited in the street tends to narrow the street width and block water flow.
“We understand the frustration that comes with snow being plowed into driveways,” said Director of Public Works Paul Hermanson. “A common misperception is that snow is intentionally deposited in driveways and walkways; this is simply not true.”
Snow deposited in driveways is a result of normal plowing operations. Plows are typically angled to the right for plowing from the center of the street to the curb. For this reason, a certain amount of snow will be deposited in driveways.
Depositing the snow back into the street is not an acceptable response, according to Hermanson. Violation of city ordinance in this regard can result in $25 to $100 fine. It is the responsibility of residents to place all snow either on the tree lawn or elsewhere on their property.
Residents are also reminded they are responsible for the work of any contractors that may be hired or asked to remove snow from their property.
“Safety of the traveling public is the main concern of the Lake Mills Public Works Department,” said Hermanson. “We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to keep city streets clear and safe.”