Kaysville City Public Works is dedicated to keeping the roads safe during the winter season. We strive to remove snow and ice from our roads as quickly and safely as possible to maintain a safe flow of traffic throughout the city. Emphasis is also placed on ensuring emergency services can be provided throughout the city. Our crews will clear snow from primary roads first. This is so the streets with the most amount of regular and emergency traffic are as safe as possible. Weather conditions determine the amount of plows and types of materials used for each storm.
As plow drivers have continued to try to make changes to their routes and processes, snow removal is still a long and difficult task. For the last 3 winters, each year has seen a decrease in the time required to clear City streets, from 18 hours to 13 hours, and most recently to 9-10 hours after snow has stopped accumulating. Sometimes, though, limiting factors like equipment condition, storm intensity and staff health/sleep result in less than ideal response times or road conditions.
Sidewalk Snow Removal
Kaysville City Ordinance 9-2-3 prohibits any obstruction of travel on a public sidewalk. Property owners are required to remove snow on all public sidewalks abutting their property within twenty-four hours from any snowfall. This includes corner lots and properties that back onto public streets. Shoveling snow and ice from your sidewalks is important for the safety of residents.
It is also illegal to shovel or blow snow into the street. City ordinance 9-2-10 also prohibits pushing, blowing or otherwise depositing snow, leaves or other debris into the street. This is problematic, especially when a street has already been plowed, as this snow is easily frozen, reducing traction and becoming a striking hazard in the road. This can be a headache for City crews, but it also affects you and your neighbors as well.
Residents often ask if plow drivers can keep snow out of their driveways, and while we aren’t actively trying to put snow in driveways or on sidewalks, it is difficult to keep snow from doing so as the plows move down the street. The photo below shows how residents can help reduce the amount of snow that ends up in driveways.
Trim Low-Hanging Branches in Winter
Keeping streets clear of winter snow is a huge responsibility, one that is vital in maintaining safety for motorists and pedestrians. The Kaysville City Public Works Department does a great job plowing excess snow from city streets. However, in order to do their job effectively, they need your help.
Please check the trees located in the park strip and behind sidewalks around your property for low-hanging branches. These can obstruct views, especially when laden with snow, and cause problems for drivers. Low branching trees and shrubs make it difficult for snow plows to clear the snow from curb to curb and can cause problems for street sweeper, garbage trucks, and delivery vehicles.
Kaysville City Tree Ordinances
Per Kaysville City Ordinance Chapter 9 of Title 2-10, Kaysville City crews need your continued assistance. Be advised that all trees should be trimmed back in a manner acceptable to the individual property owner that also clears a path for snow plows and other city maintenance vehicles. The standard required is 14 feet in height from the top of the back of the curb. This will enable large equipment to drive underneath the trees to maintain the city streets.
If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact Kaysville City Public Works Department. We appreciate all that our residents do to maintain their private property, as well as the city right-of-way and park strip. Thank you for your cooperation.
What Residents Can Do to Help
- Park all vehicles, trailers and boats off of the streets. Ridges of snow around vehicles parked on streets will freeze and can prevent or slow down future snow removal. It could also potentially cause accidents when a vehicle hits them. Kaysville City Ordinance restricts the parking of any vehicle in the street right-of-way between midnight and 6 a.m. from November 1st to the last day of February. This allows plows greater ability to clear the roads edge to edge, and also reduces the risk of damage to vehicles/equipment. When cars park on the roads during this time, plows leave piles of snow along the shoulder. These piles are dangerous, especially when they freeze solid, creating a significant risk to traffic and requiring special equipment to come back out and later remove.
- Clear your sidewalks as soon as possible. Snow removal on sidewalks is required to be done within 24 hours of any snow fall event. We encourage residents to work together to keep sidewalks clear for safe passage. To report a problem, please contact Code Enforcement.
- If there is a fire hydrant near your house, clear the snow around it. Make a wide enough perimeter around it (about 3 feet) for firefighters to work. Also clear a path from the hydrant to the street.
- Push snow shoved into driveways by snow plows into the area between your sidewalk and curb; NOT into the street. Snow pushed back into the street could freeze and become hidden by new snow, which could cause vehicles to slide out of control.
- Aim snowblowers into front yards away from sidewalks and street. Ice and rocks, as well as powder snow, are blown out many feet and could hit parked or passing cars. Also, snow blown into the street could freeze and become slick.
- Don't crowd snowplows. Give them plenty of room, don't tailgate or stop too close behind them. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it or use extreme caution when passing. The road behind a snowplow will be safer to drive on.
- Slow down for wet, snowy or icy conditions; when visibility is poor, or when conditions are changing. Allow additional room between your vehicle and others. Drive defensively and cautiously.
- The sooner you can prepare interior plumbing, vehicle tires and furnaces for winter, the better. Start early to avoid busy backlogs or unexpected early storms
Contact the Public Works Department at 801-544-8112 if you should see snow or ice control problems.