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Winter in Iowa usually brings its fair share of snow. When snow begins to accumulate, the City of Waukee's Public Works Department enacts the Snow and Ice Control Policy. The policy attempts to maintain an adequate driving surface, and to provide pedestrians with safe routes of travel. Plows tackle streets in the order of 1) Emergency Routes, 2) Priority Routes, 3) Residential Streets and 4) City Trails/Sidewalks. For more details, feel free to review the policy.
In order for snow removal crews to properly and safely clear routes for travel, the Snow Emergency Parking Ban is often enacted. When the ban is in effect, parking is prohibited on City streets. Vehicles remaining on City streets are subject to $25 fines and/or towing. The City does its best to alert the public when the ban goes into effect via the City website, City social media sites, local media channels and Nixle, the City's free text notification system. Sign up for Nixle now to avoid parking tickets!
It is the responsibility of the abutting property owner to remove snow, ice and accumulations from sidewalks within 24 hours after the end of a weather event or other cause of the accumulation. If a property owner fails to properly remove snow and/or ice from sidewalks, the City will issue a warning. Penalties can be issued 12 hours after the warning is issued; they are $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and so on. As a friendly reminder, it is unlawful for any persons to remove snow, ice and accumulations from private premises by dumping them upon any public highway, street, avenue, alley, sidewalk or City commons. Learn more about sidewalk snow removal.
On garbage and recycling collection days, please place bins in driveways and not in the streets. This will allow drivers to focus on clearing streets and will prevent damage to bins.
Lastly, the Waukee Fire Department asks that property owners take an extra few minutes when clearing their sidewalks or driveways to also dig out at least one foot around fire hydrants all the way down to the ground and out to the street. This will help emergency crews find them quickly, and they note that seconds really do matter in structure fires and medical emergencies.
The City of Waukee thanks you for your cooperation in helping us all do our jobs and serve the public. And, if by chance we do miss a street, or if you need to submit a complaint about an icy sidewalk, etc., create a Waukee.org account and utilize the Report a Concern feature to submit problems or comments.