Storm Lake Snow Removal Policy Overview Given at City Council Meeting

The Storm Lake City Council on Monday heard an overview of the City’s snow removal policy.

Assistant City Manager David Derragon said every snow removal event is different depending on factors such as the amount of snow, wind speed and direction, and the timing of when a storm begins and ends…(audio clip below :36 )

The City’s plan includes three Emergency Snow routes, which is up from two routes in recent years. Derragon said the City has 11 employees that are part of snow removal operations, which is an increase from six to eight employees in the past. Supervisors assist with removing snow as needed.

Mayor Mike Porsch, anticipating that a Snow Emergency would be put into effect this week with significant snowfall in the forecast, urged residents to follow the guidelines, and especially keep vehicles off of residential streets during designated hours…(audio clip below :19 )

During a Storm Lake Snow Emergency, parking isn’t allowed on residential streets from 10pm to 6am. Parking also isn’t allowed on Central Business District Streets between the hours of 2am and 6am…and parking also isn’t allowed in downtown public parking lots designated as Lot B and Lot D.

At the request of Council member Kevin McKinney, Derragon said signage could be installed in those lots where parking isn’t allowed during a Snow Emergency to help make citizens aware. Vehicles found to be in violation of Storm Lake’s snow policy may be ticketed and/or towed.