Jan. 19, 2017
City of Nampa sends plows/graders into residential areas to take advantage of warmer temperatures
Nampa Mayor Bob Henry has ordered the hiring of private contractors to help clear Nampa’s streets before another cold spell sets in.
Nampa Street Division Superintendent Don Barr is contacting private contractors to assist, beginning tonight, in removing the packed ice and snow while temperatures are in the 30s and 40s.
“This is a unique opportunity to clear streets, including ones in residential areas,” Mayor Henry said. “This series of storms has wreaked havoc on our community and this gives us a chance to get down to bare pavement in most places.”
Barr said plow/grader drivers will operate long shifts and through the weekend, but not necessarily 24/7. It could take more than four days to get through the city.
On average, city plows operate about 3 miles an hour and graders move about 1 mile per hour, according to Public Works Director Michael Fuss, who gave a report concerning snow at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
Residents should move cars off the streets if possible so plows/graders can maneuver better as they work the residential areas, Barr said.
Residents will once again need to clear driveways and mail box areas.
Henry said this move to go out into the residential areas again is unprecedented, but will be further evaluated for the future as city staff drafts a new snow policy that will be presented to City Council. A timeline has not been established, but city staff is also examining snow policies in other cities.
ATTACHED: Please see the related map that shows where contractors have been assigned. City plows will focus on main streets and other areas not assigned to contractors.
POTENTIAL FLOODING AREAS
City staff is paying close attention to flood risks. Preventative crews are being called in and dispatched throughout the weekend to assure that critical storm drain lines and catch basins are open. Personnel representing key response agencies were also notified and are on call if the need arises.
Residents can help by making sure their storm drains are clear. Many residents are digging small trenches for water to drain. If the drains are covered with snow and flooding is not a problem, residents do not need to worry.
If you experience emergency flooding, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org