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It seemed too hot outside to talk about snow removal Tuesday evening, but that’s when the Spokane Valley City Council took another look at a snow removal ordinance that’s been batted around for some time. City Attorney Cary Driskell made the presentation of a reworded ordinance that will allow the city to fine property owners who don’t shovel their sidewalks.
The city of Spokane Valley is working on a snow removal ordinance which may just be ready before the snow starts to fly again, as city attorney Cary Driskell dryly remarked.
An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would exempt highway districts from clearing snow from sidewalks and streets. Currently, state law requires highway districts to maintain city streets, curbs, gutters and other infrastructure. The law was amended in 2013 to include snow removal, littler control and weed abatement...
The city is limited in what it can do given the resources it has and how much the public is willing to spend.
Spokane Valley has opened a Twitter account in an effort to get snow removal updates out to residents quicker. The city’s Twitter handle is @CityofSV To find out when a Spokane Valley neighborhood will be plowed, visit the online map at www.spokanevalley.org/snowinfo and look up the address.
Help is available for those who can’t manage snow removal on their own.
In the weekend Poll, a plurality of Hucks Nation said it still shovels snow by hand to remove it from the driveway and sidewalk. Those who snow-blow snow came in a close second. Today's Poll: Do you know more about the Electoral College now than you did Election Night?
No final decision has been reached but DOT spokesman Al Gilson said the agency is considering a possible waiver of $13,878 billed to the city for snow plowing services during 2013.
The first bill from the state Transportation Department arrived last year at Airway Heights City Hall. It was about $50,000 and represented the amount spent by state crews clearing snow from the 2.5-mile section of U.S. Highway 2 located within city limits. The state plans to send another bill for the current season, too, and Airway Heights officials are turning to Olympia for help.
As far as snowfall goes, the past year was pretty mild for the Spokane area. According to the National Weather Service, the area received 26.3 inches of snow during 2013 – less than normal, which is 42.7 inches.
Even though temperatures were in the 80s on Wednesday, Spokane International Airport officials were talking about snow. The airport hosted a dedication ceremony for its new $7.5 million snow-removal facility.
Getting There today is devoted to not getting there. The last two weeks have been among the worst that winter has thrown at the Inland Northwest in the past century, and it’s not even winter yet. That won’t come for two more weeks.
Cold weather forecast for this weekend is threatening to turn Thursday’s thick, heavy mess of melting snow into rugged ridges of ice. Road crews in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas were hustling to remove that traffic-stopping layer before lows drop to the teens and 20s on Saturday and Sunday.
Spokane Streets Department Director Mark Serbousek talks about how the city's new snow removal plan is working and how much compliance crews are seeing from residents Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010.
Plow crews are going to clear the narrow residential streets in Browne’s Addition on Tuesday and Wednesday, and city officials said that vehicle owners must comply with emergency parking restrictions or risk a towing bill.
City crews spent Saturday clearing Spokane streets of snow, while some residents scurried to buy snow gear and others simply enjoyed building snowmen and sledding.
The city of Spokane called a Stage 1 Snow Emergency today, requiring cars to be moved from all arterials and Spokane Transit Authority fixed bus routes within six hours, or by 6:30 this evening.