- Public Works
- Snow Removal
Snow & Ice Removal
The city performs snow removal anytime more than 2 inches of snowfall is received, or surface conditions are forecast to remain below freezing for an extended period. In instances where ice or significant snowfall is imminent, crews will pre-treat streets with a salt / sand mix with interval plowing.
Help us clear your street more quickly
Residents can help city crews clean snow and ice off streets more efficiently by observing the following tips:
- Stay off the roads, if possible. The fewer vehicles on the road, the faster streets can be cleaned.
- Please do not park on the streets. Crews can’t effectively clean streets when they are plowing around parked cars. Cars parked on the streets may also get covered from the plows pushing snow.
- When parking in a driveway do not allow the vehicle to hang into the street.
- Driveways may be blocked during the snow removal process. Avoid placing snow from your driveway back into the street.
- Remove portable basketball goals or other structures from the street in order to avoid damage to the truck or portable structures.
- Stay at least 50 feet from the rear of a plow truck so the driver can see you. If you can't see the driver in the mirrors, then you can't be seen by the driver.
- To report a missed street, call City Hall at 913-837-5371.
Designated snow route
When inclement winter weather occurs, primary focus is placed upon clearing the designated snow route first. After those streets are clean, City crews will then be dispatched to the other areas of the City. Amity/K-68 Highway is maintained by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Metcalf Road is maintained by Miami County. The City spreads salt/sand at the intersections with Amity and Metcalf. When necessary, the crews work around the clock plowing snow and applying salt and sand as needed.
Clearing driveways and sidewalks
The City does not remove snow or ice from sidewalks. Driveways may be blocked during snow removal and we do try to minimize that as much as possible; however, the property owner is responsible for clearing their driveway as well as the sidewalks and street crossings or adjacent to their property.
About our snow removal operation
The City has eight employees that use three large truck plows with attached salt/sand spreaders and two regular truck plows to clear the estimated 30 miles of paved streets.