An unexpected eight inches of snow fell in Wright County during the afternoon and evening of Jan 3. The white stuff was concentrated in a small part of the state, and places and hour north, south, east and west of Belmond received less than an inch. Warm temperatures melted some of the snow, creating an icy mess.  

   The unexpected snowfall gave Belmond’s public works department a workout. “We got it taken care of,” Public Works Director Mark Dirks told the city council Jan. 6. “We did have a little problem getting stuck. The gravel streets around town weren’t frozen. And we had some new part time help learning to run the plows. But everything is in good shape and ready to go again when we need it.”   

   Dirks also announced he would be retiring effective March 24.   

   Police Chief Rick McDaniel said his officers gave out seven snowban parking tickets Friday evening. “People can get snow parking alerts on the phones by signing up for ‘general alerts’ at the CodeRed section of the Wright County website,” McDaniel said.

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