The condition of the streets in Belmond was briefly discussed by the city council Feb. 4. The icy and rough surfaces were the subject of many complaints at the Feb. 1 Coffee and Conversations meeting.
“We spent 30 hours of overtime cleaning the streets on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 1 and 2),” said Public Works Director Mark Dirks. “We concentrated on the arterial streets as outlined in the city’s snow removal plan. Then on Monday after it froze, we shaved off the high spots on the rest of the streets to make them as flat as possible.
“It’s a tough job. You can’t win. People complain when the streets aren’t plowed, and when we do plow, they complain when we fill up the ends of their driveways.”
Finally, he noted that there should be few problems with frozen pipes this winter. “The frost is only down about 12 inches,” he commented.
In other business, the council:
—heard from Police Chief Rick McDaniel that people are still complaining about snow ban parking tickets. Once again he reminded people to pay attention when it snows to see if the city declares a snow emergency. Free phone notifications are available through CodeRed on the Wright County website. Also, when a snow emergency is declared, it does not take effect downtown until 2 a.m. so as not to unfairly ticket people at the theater or the bar;
—heard from.... read the entire story in the Belmond Independent.