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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Your Question Answered: How does the city determine what snow it clears?

  • City Administrator Nick Gregory said clearing snow in the city is a matter of cost effectiveness given the manpower resources available.
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  • City Administrator Nick Gregory said clearing snow in the city is a matter of cost effectiveness given the manpower resources available.
    “We prioritize main arterials for snowplowing A, B and C,” Gregory said, “and we tend to get complaints from people who live on C-rated streets.”
    According to the city Snow and Ice Control Policy, A rated streets are those that carry the highest traffic volumes and form the primary transportation “grid” for the city.
    This includes access routes to public services, the central business district public parking, city public parking lots and streets adjacent to schools should school be open.
    B rated streets are those which serve as transportation routes to and from residential and business areas. They are serviced after A rated streets.
    C rated streets are primarily residential areas.
    Gregory said sidewalks are the responsibility of adjacent property owners.
    “We take care of the ADA ramps at the corners,” Gregory said. “but the sidewalks have always been the responsibility of the adjacent property owners.”
    Gregory said a loader and dump truck are necessary to remove snow from the center of Main Street if it doesn’t melt.
    “It takes us about a day to get snow off Main Street,” Gregory said. “We have limited resources, and it’s a balancing act.”

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