Snow Plow Safety


How to keep your family safe this winter.

Date: October, 17 2015 Posted by: Marian Estenson

Frazee residents are reminded that these snow plowing rules must
be followed so plowing can be done as efficiently and safely as possible:

  1. Following a 3-inch snowfall, “No Parking” is allowed on city streets
    until after they have been plowed. Officers will issue citations and/or tow
    the vehicle.

  2. Snow must not be cleared from driveways or sidewalks and placed
    on or along city streets. Please keep your snow on your property.
    Violators will be cited.

  3. Trash and recycling containers must be placed in driveways, not on city
    streets. Containers placed on streets create traffic hazards and
    increase plowing time.

  4. DANGER:  Don’t let kids tunnel in snow banks!  Children should
    not be allowed to make tunnels or play on snow banks adjacent
    to city streets. For their safety, please talk to your kids and
    express the importance of staying away from these snow piles.

Adopt a fire hydrant: Keep it clear of snow Do a good deed for
your community and clear snow away from fire hydrants. This provides
quick access for firefighters and water maintenance workers in case of
an emergency.

Our promise to you:
It is the policy of the city to maintain the streets in good winter driving condition through sufficient plowing and deicing. To that end, the Public Works crews
strive to open all streets within 10 hours of starting the plowing operations. The crews strive to keep all streets passable at all times, even in severe weather conditions.

The Public Works Superintendent determines when the crews begin plowing; usually as close as practical to the time the snowfall ceases or if streets are becoming impassable.  Streets adjacent to the schools and commercial area are given additional consideration.
The center of the roadway is plowed first; subsequent passes by the plow move the snow onto the boulevard. The snow may be hauled away at a later date if it is determined that future storage will be necessary.

The city will use sand, salt, and other deicers when there is hazardous ice or other slippery conditions.  The city is concerned about the effect of such
chemicals on the environment and will limit its use for that reason.  The city does not attempt to maintain the streets in a bare pavement condition.