The City budgeted $10,000 in 2021 to obtain salt, sand, and brine. When additional equipment is needed for snow removal efforts, the Public Works Department pulls money from the General Street fund as necessary.
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The City owns and uses 4 trucks with plows and a skid steer and rubber tire loader with snow pushers.
The City treats the roads with a 50/50 mixture of sand and salt. The City will pre-treat the roads when ice or sleet is expected. Sometimes Douglas County will provide a brine (calcium chloride mixture) that the City uses as a pre-treatment on the roads. If not, the city uses the sand/salt mixture for pre-treatment.
The City’s approach to snow removal is to clear the main routes first to ensure emergency vehicle access. Once those streets are completed, the local/residential roads are plowed.
The map below demonstrates the main and secondary routes that are prioritized: