Snow Force Facts
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  • Over 70 snow removal trucks equipped with plows and salt spreaders
  • 290 equipment operators, drivers and laborers
  • 7 available Solid Waste trucks may be used to assist with plowing, if needed
  • Capacity to store more than 18,000 tons of salt


  • Salt lowers the freezing point of snow and ice and keeps the snow "workable" so it is more easily removed.
  • Salt can be used for anti-icing, de-icing, or melting
  • When the pavement temperature drops below 15°F the effectiveness of salt is decreased significantly. While salt will melt snow and ice down to a pavement temperature of -6°F, it is more than five times as effective at temperatures ranging from 20°F to 30°F.


  • Private contractors will be activated to plow residential streets when the City receives more than 6 inches of snow. Residential streets are not salted.
  • Primary contractors and subcontractors are responsible for plowing residential streets in each of the City’s nine townships.
  • Contractors are expected to plow all residential streets in an assigned township within 24 hours of being activated.
  • DPW personnel monitor contractor plowing activities to ensure satisfactory completion.
  • Neighborhoods and subdivisions in which homeowners associations (HOA’s) provide snow removal service do not receive additional plowing from the City or City contractors.