City Statement Regarding Cul-de-sac Snow Plow Policy
South Weber City continues to work on ways to improve snow plow procedures in the City. Every storm is different in the quantity and composition of the snow and every cul-de-sac is different in its neck length, bulb dimensions, and slope which necessitates discretion and adjustments to plowing procedures. In the past, the Public Works Department had the goal to plow all of the City’s cul-de-sacs’ necks and bulbs all the way to the curb. This was a very difficult, time-consuming, and costly policy due to the wear and tear on the plows and the fact that it takes more time to clear the cul-de-sacs than all other roads combined and is the last priority. This policy also resulted in consistent complaints from residents in cul-de-sacs regarding where the snow was piled. It is impossible to avoid driveways, mailboxes, fire hydrants and other obstacles when pushing the bulbs of cul-de-sacs. Some residents even requested the policy be changed to the other extreme of cul-de-sacs not pushed at all.
In an effort to reduce cost and complaints but still provide quality service, a new policy was established to push one pass in and one pass out and salt the bulbs to help avoid all the piles of snow at the back of the cul-de-sacs. For some cul-de-sacs, one pass in and out requires pushing to the back of the cul-de-sac and turning around while for others it looks more like a donut as the size of the cul-de-sac allows the truck to loop through the bulb. The most recent storm was our first with the new plan. It was heavy, wet snow and came off the plows in large chunks, especially in the cul-de-sacs that had the loop pattern. In hindsight, this type of storm necessitated a different approach than the loop. This is a new plan to help save on equipment and manhours. We are committed to continual improvement and will be adjusting it as we go along to get the best results at the best price. I hope you will be patient with us as we work the bugs out of this new procedure to save the City time and money.