Author: Melanie Falk

SNOW REMOVAL Q and A

Question:

My street hasn’t been plowed yet.

Answer:
The city plows all emergency routes first, once completed the Public Works Department will be plowing secondary and residential streets.

Question:
They plowed my driveway shut and I just cleaned it, they need to come back and clear my driveway entry.

Answer:
As residential streets are plowed there may be a windrow of snow which occurs at the end of driveways. Regrettably, this is unavoidable and residents are expected to clear their driveways.

Question:
I use the alley to get in and out of my garage. The city needs to get my alley plowed right away.

Answer:
Once all emergency routes have been plowed the Public Works Department will address the residential areas. What is your address and I’ll let Public Works know this alley has been requested to be plowed.

Question:
The snowplow knocked down my mailbox.

Answer:
May I have your address and phone number for the Public Works Department. Someone from Public Works will contact you for damage assessment and repair or replacement as needed.

Question:

My sidewalk needs to be cleaned and salted.

Answer:
By City Ordinance, sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjoining property owner. Residents are expected to keep sidewalks safe as possible.

City of Macomb Snow Removal Details

As the Public Works Department continues to clean up from the recent winter storm, we wanted to remind everyone of the City’s codes and PW’s processes.

Snow and Ice Operations: Public Works removes snow and ice from every dedicated city street by a combination of salting and plowing. One complete pass through the City takes at least seven hours after the snow has stopped and may take longer depending on the severity and duration of the storm.

Public Works first priority is to clear snow routes and other major streets to enable safe travel for emergency vehicles, public transit, commuters and school buses. Secondary and residential streets are cleared after the snow routes and major streets are open.

Plowing operations frequently leave a windrow of snow at the end of driveways and on the adjoining sidewalks. Regrettably, this is an unavoidable consequence of plowing operations. Residents are expected to clear driveways and sidewalks of these windrows. Please do not throw the snow back into the street.

When adverse weather occurs, motorists are reminded to leave a few minutes early, drive slow and be considerate of other motorists and snow plow operators. Please do not pass a snow plow or follow a Public Works vehicle too closely as plowing and salting operations are potentially hazardous to you and your vehicle.

Snow Routes: All snow routes are posted. Parking is prohibited on snow routes when a snow emergency has been declared or when snow accumulations exceed three inches (3”), which automatically creates a snow emergency. Vehicles parked on a snow route during a snow emergency may be towed without notice. Snow emergencies typically last for about 24 hours. Listen to local radio stations and the City’s web and Facebook pages for advisories and details.

Keeping parked cars off of streets is required on snow routes and very helpful on other city streets as it enables the street to be plowed from curb to curb and eliminates problems resulting from cars being plowed in.

Encroachments: Items encroaching into or out over the street pavement or curb (particularly portable basketball goals) should be removed from the street right-of-way. From time to time snow plows may damage sod, vegetation, overhanging signs or mailboxes. Please report any damage to the public works department at (309) 833-2821. Public Works will make temporary repairs as necessary and permanent repairs in the spring.

Public Sidewalks: The removal of snow from sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjoining property owner. Clearing public sidewalks is important for the safety of pedestrians including school children, mail carriers, newspaper deliver people, etc.

Sidewalks in the designated abatement zones are required to be cleaned with 3” of snow accumulation, an accumulation of ice and freezing rain or upon an enforcement declaration.

Private Plowing: Persons plowing snow from private driveways and parking lots should not leave snow piled in the street or on public sidewalks. It is also inconsiderate to push snow across the street and leave it piled in a neighbor’s front yard.

Thank you for your cooperation!
City of Macomb
Public Works Department

SNOW ROUTES FOR CITY OF MACOMB

The City of Macomb would like to remind everyone with the winter weather anticipated that a snowfall of three (3) inches shall automatically constitute a snow emergency for the City of Macomb. It shall be unlawful for any person to park or allow a motor vehicle to remain parked on a street that has been designated as a snow route in the city.

Street that have been designated Snow Routes are:

Adams Street from Randolph Street to the west city limits.

Bower Road from University Drive to Jackson Street

Calhoun Street from Campbell Street to Bonham Street

Candy lane its entire length

Carroll Street from Lafayette Street to Western Avenue and from Randolph Street to Prairie Avenue

Deer Road its entire length

Dudley Street its entire length

Grant Street its entire length

Harmony Lane its entire length

Jefferson Street its entire length

Lafayette Street from Washington Street to Grant Street

Maple Avenue its entire length

Murray Street from Johnson Street to Western Avenue

McArthur Street from Washington Street to Grant Street

Pearl Street its entire length

Pierce Street from Johnson Street to State Street

Piper Street from Candy Lane to Pearl Street

Prairie Avenue its entire length

Randolph Street from Washington Street to Grant Street and from Calhoun Street to Glenwood Park

Tower Road from Wigwam Hollow Road to Lafayette Street

University Drive from Wigwam Hollow Road to Western Avenue, from Western Avenue to Lafayette Street and from Lafayette Street to Bower Road

Ward Street its entire length

Washington Street from Lafayette Street to Ward Street and from Campbell Street to White Street

Western Avenue from Adams Street to University Drive

Wheeler Street from Prairie Avenue to the east city limits

White Street its entire length

Wigwam Hollow Road its entire length

The City of Macomb would appreciate your cooperation and patience and please help keep our streets safe for those who must travel.