Thanks to Old Man Winter our snow crews have had plenty of practice over the last month putting our snow operations plans into action. With all due respect to our Fire and Police crews, snow removal is the most visible and depended upon service we provide for about 4 months a year. The Police and Fire can’t do their job if the plow operators aren’t doing theirs so that puts them firmly seated at the top of the city service food chain. Ensuring public safety on city streets is hard enough on dry sunny days but spin the roulette wheel of weather and you better grab your Rolaids because it’s going to be a long 4 months. We’ve got great snow operations plans and we rely on our procedures as much as possible but unfortunately the weather rarely follows the script so much of what we do in the field comes down to supervisor judgment and operator experience. Here’s a look inside the cab of a snow plow truck and our City snow operations.
Earlier this month the City’s Public Service Director, Gene Roberts, provided City Council with a refresher on our City Snow Operations. As usual, he did a great job — so good in fact I figured that I had to share it here. Keep in mind, Gene’s a well trained engineer which means his presentation is full of facts, figures and analytic details. After his presentation I had one observer say that they never knew that snow plowing was so complex and sophisticated. I’m not sure how often our plow drivers get accused of being sophisticated but there’s no doubt they are professionals — so don’t try this at home.
View Gene’s Snow Ops Powerpoint
Here’s a few of Gene’s highlights: