With the heavy snowfall and weather issues of the week, the Executive Office and Public Works would like to remind the community about the Public Works Snow Removal Policy.
At the time of a snow event and directly after a storm, there is a procedure in place that aims to provide the best possible travel conditions on the roads in the Settlement. As snow begins to accumulate, plowing priority is given to the main roads and intersections FIRST, followed by salt treatments to paved roads and lime/chip treatment to gravel roads. Public Works continually checks weather reports to ensure optimal response to adverse conditions during winter weather advisories and warnings.
Heavily trafficked roadways will always be plowed and treated first to ensure public safety. The next priorities in the snow removal procedure are:
- Households having medical priorities: Public Works and the Health Clinic work together to ensure that households with medical priorities and medical personnel required to transport patients are taken care of first. Sometimes it may look like the department is skipping houses, but they are working off a pre-determined priority list. This list does not include all elders, but those with medical priority.
- Elderly and Handicapped.
- Roads leading to the Meskwaki Settlement School, Tribal Center, and Meskwaki Health Clinic.
- Remaining roads within the residential perimeters and parking lots.
- Residential driveways on PRIORITY routes.
- All other driveways: Even if it takes a little longer, the department will get to yours. Please be patient.
In case of emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance.
During some big storms, Public Works crews are on the job around the clock plowing and sanding. As a program with limited manpower and resources, crews are vigorously working, often long hours without any rest. They are working to the best of their abilities to keep our roads open and navigable. Please be understanding of their time constraints.
How you can help:
- The decision to travel during winter storms is yours and yours alone. Please do not drive unless absolutely necessary. Carry a survival kit in your car in case you become stuck in the snow.
- Plow vehicles need your help as much as you need theirs. Please be aware of the equipment and slow down when approaching one.
- If you must pass, please pick a good place to do so. Plow trucks have a wing on the side and often have no place to go. In narrow areas, there isn’t enough room for the truck, its wing, and your vehicle. Move over on the roadway if necessary.
- Snow plows make frequent stops and backup maneuvers. If you are behind a plow that stops, stop your vehicle in such a way that your car looks into the driver’s outside rearview mirror, and please give them extra room.PLEASE be a patient driver during snow removal times and understand the crews are working as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- If possible, wait until roads have been plowed and snow banks pushed back before traveling on them.
- If you are removing snow from your property and a snowplow approaches, there is a strong possibility that you are not visible to the operator. Dark clothing, the hour of day, and weather conditions inhibit visibility. Protect yourself from injury by giving the plow operator extra room to perform their task.
- Please be patient. Our crews are tirelessly working to restore our roadways and are doing the best they can. Please be respectful and courteous to their work. When possible, let them know they are appreciated.
- If you ever have a situation where your driveway was missed, please contact Public Works or the Executive Office.