Last night during the city council work session, Public Works Director Sawley Wilde outlined a new snow removal plan that will allow snow plows to get into subdivisions more quickly.
At the beginning of each winter season, the Public Works Department meets to go over what went well from the previous season and what areas could use some improvement. This year, as in year’s past, there are complaints from citizen about the lack of snow removal in the residential subdivisions around Gillette after a major snow storm.
Wilde told the council that Public Works employees have come up with their own unique solutions to create a more efficient system.
“Normally, the streets crews will head out and start plowing the streets,” Wilde said. “They plow the arterials and collectors. Then, once those are good, they’ll drop into subdivisions.”
At the same time, parks employees are plowing facility parking lots, pathways, and park parking lots.
The new plan is to combine both the streets and parks crews to tackle those initial plowing efforts. Wilde told the council that plowing will still start on those priority routes. However, with more plows working at the outset, it will decrease the time it takes to cover those priority routes, allowing plows to reach the subdivisions sooner.
Wilde said after that initial response, both crews will then refocus their efforts on hot spots and parks and pathways.
“The plowing efforts in subdivisions will happen sooner,” Wilde reiterated. “Then we’ll all switch over the clean-up efforts, so there could be a little bit of delay on the pathways, and parks, and parking lots in parks getting cleaned while those employees are in subdivisions plowing.”
After explaining the plan to the council, City Administrator Pat Davidson instructed Wilde to move forward with implementing the new plan and let the council know how it worked.
Mayor Louise Carter-King did remark that she hoped that the new plan would not have to be used too soon. Looking ahead, the forecast is clear of snow through the middle of next week.