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Snow removal slated for morning discussion

Glenwood Springs City Council will take up the issue of snowplowing and snow removal from city streets following big snowstorms during a 10 a.m. work session today with public works and other city staff.

Policies and procedures around snow removal have come into question of late with the heavy snowfall so far this winter, which has kept city crews busy trying to keep up.

Council requested the work session after concerns were raised by some council members, and in light of recent citizen complaints.

Public Works Director Robin Millyard notes in a memo that the Streets Department has eight personnel working a variety of regular duties, including snowplowing and removal. The city also has 84 lane miles within the street system to take care of, not including on-street parking lanes, Millyard said.

“The average snowfall for Glenwood Springs is about 60 inches,” he wrote in the memo. “At this point in time, we have reportedly already received the seasonal average.”

The last time City Council had an in-depth discussion regarding snow removal procedures was in 1996, following another particularly heavy snow season, Millyard also noted.

At that time, the city eventually moved from plowing snow to the sides and leaving it to the practice of plowing to the center and doing follow-up removal on many of the primary city streets.

One issue that is likely to come up at the morning work session today is the number of vehicles parked long term on some city streets, especially in the downtown area, which can inhibit snow removal efforts.

City Council also meets at 6 p.m. for a work session regarding water and sewer impact fees that are charged to developers. The regular session begins at 7 p.m., including an update from Grand Avenue bridge project officials and a discussion with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority regarding local transit plans during the bridge construction.


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