Snow Control Frequently Asked Questions

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Can the City remove the snow they put in my driveway and sidewalk?

When you consider the large number of driveways and the amount of sidewalks within the City, it is just too costly and time consuming to use additional people and equipment to perform this service. Our primary duty is to maintain the roadway system so that traffic flow may continue.

Why not plow to the center of the road?

Piling snow to the center of a street can create a very hazardous situation as traffic flow is restricted by eliminating a portion of a lane. The freeze-thaw cycle creates additional problems when the melting snow freezes on the road surface each evening. This practice can also create sight obstructions for low vehicles and cause problems for residents entering and exiting their driveways.

Can I park my car on the street?

Yes, but when snow begins to accumulate, we ask that you find an alternative place to park. Vehicles will only be towed when a snow emergency is declared on designated streets where parking is normally allowed. If you are parked on a street designated with "no parking" signage, you may be towed without a declared emergency.

My car has been towed. Where can I find it?

When the City has towed your vehicle, you may call the Police Department at (509) 888-4200 for more information.

What are my responsibilities as a resident?

Snow can be beautiful, but it also can create hazards.  When residents fail to clear their sidewalks, the result can be a dangerous ice patch.  We need your help to protect pedestrians from possible injury.  For more information please read the Snow Removal Brochure and the Snow Removal Ordinance 2012-37.

If you have a comment, complaint or compliment please fill out an online Citizen Request.


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