Snow. It's actually the most troubling “S”-word for many people.
For those living in the Midwest, it's an unavoidable and often dangerous part of winter. Fortunately, however, the Public Works department has been busy preparing by stocking up on salt and upgrading vehicles to handle anything a Nebraska winter might throw their way.
“We bought a whole bunch of salt this summer when it was cheaper,” said Bob Livermore, Public Works director.
And by a whole bunch, he means a 25 foot tall pile.
Additionally, his department has purchased chains and more emergency lighting for their plow trucks at the request of his crew.
“People might not realize how big we are and with low visibility, the lights are a great safety feature,” Livermore said.
He also noted that street parking is actually a city right-of-way for snow storage.
“If it's going to snow, we like to have people get off the street, if possible,” he said. “It makes it so much easier.”
Also, streets are plowed by order of priority, not according to which ones are next to each other, so Livermore requested residents be patient if their street is the only one they can see not plowed.
“Have patience,” he said. “We will get it clean. Our priority is to get to schools, bus routes, and emergency locations such as the LEC and fire house.”
Livermore added that the city has 171 lane miles to clear.