Public works warns about snow removal |

Public works warns about snow removal

Since the paths of civilization and snowfall crossed, man has been faced with the unavoidable challenge of not allowing snowfall to cross up civilization.

In South Lake Tahoe, where annual snowfall is measured in feet rather than inches, a massive snow removal infrastructure is needed for the public sector, as well as the private sector, to function during the winter.

The most important aspect of South Lake Tahoe snow removal, according to Jan Busatto, management analyst for the city, is allowing emergency vehicles access to all areas of the city at all hours.

“That means the city crews work around the clock, clearing 127 miles of city streets until the streets are open to their full widths,” Busatto said.

Those who choose to park on city streets during snow removal risk a $102 ticket and getting their car towed.

But it’s not enough to just get a vehicle off the street during snow removal. The city uses the right-of-way space, which usually extends five to 10 feet beyond the edge of the street, to store snow removed from the street.

“Anything left in the right-of-way can and does interfere with snow removal,” according to Busatto.

In addition to hampering snow removal, illegally parked cars can hinder emergency personnel from responding to a call.

Anything left in the right-of-way, such as landscaping, building materials, rocks, or shovels, becomes a problem for snow removal. The public works department asks city residents to keep this area free of obstacles that could interfere with snow removal efforts or break the equipment.

Mailboxes can be a tricky issue during the snow season.

For those residents who have home delivery, mailboxes should be installed on private property at the right side of the driveway facing the street. Responsibility falls with the resident to clear a path to the mailbox and keep it accessible for mail delivery, according to Busatto.

The public works department will try to answer any questions. Call (530) 542-6030.

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