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Snow & Ice Control

Snow Plow
To find out if a "Snow Emergency" has been declared, you may call 272-2506

Muscatine's Snow Emergency ordinance limits on-street parking during a declared Snow Emergency to allow plows to access and clear streets during extreme winter storms.  This policy will have major effects on drivers who park their vehicles on the streets of Muscatine outside of the Central Business District. 

We have provided some common questions and answers for the Muscatine community.

City of Muscatine - Snow Ordinance

Muscatine's Snow and Ice Control Policy

For additional information regarding plowing or salting, contact the Public Works Department at 563-263-8933.

Snow and Ice Season Information
City of Muscatine Public Works staff continues to explore ways to improve services and methods used for plowing efficiencies and researching new products. This helps determine what products and equipment will help enhance the snow removal process. The City of Muscatine Public Works staff strives to provide the safest winter driving conditions possible.

High Priority
Snow and ice control is considered an emergency operation which must be initiated quickly and continued on a round-the-clock basis. If the decision to begin a full-scale snow and ice control operation is made after normal working hours, necessary City of Muscatine staff are notified immediately.

Snow and ice control is one of the highest winter priorities for the Public Works Department. Almost all other Public Works operations become secondary to the snow removal operation. In the event, a snow emergency is called by the Public Works Director or Roadway Maintenance Supervisor, Public Works staff works until all required chemical or abrasive control and snowplowing operations are completed.

An Ordinance Amending Title 3 Public Ways and Property Chapter 9 Street Obstructions was approved in June 2010 with the third and final reading by City Council.  This ordinance covers "Dumping of Snow" and the "Penalty" involved.

 

Residential Areas and Alleys
Residential streets are plowed when the total snow accumulation exceeds four inches. In addition to plowing residential districts, city staff also applies abrasives or salt to designated streets. Sand or salt is spread at pre-planned locations such as on steep hills and at difficult-to-negotiate areas, such as street intersections.

Muscatine does not plow private property and does not shovel out ridges in driveways because private property is not part of city snow removal.

Snow and ice control in alleys will take place after storm has ended and after city streets have been completely opened up.

Sidewalk Snow Removal 
It is unlawful for any person to remove snow from private property and place snow or ice on public property.   Title 3 Chapter 8 of the City of Muscatine City Code 

Emergency Response
During snow and ice conditions, emergency calls from police and fire departments are given top priority in snowplowing efforts.

Help Us Help You
Shovels, snowblowers, sand and rock salt are all great items to have on hand during snow season.

Please do not shovel or blow snow on to Muscatine streets for motorists’ safety, maintenance, and liability consequences.

When someone is hired to do snow removal be aware that snow moved from private property cannot be placed on Muscatine streets for motorists’ safety, maintenance, and liability consequences.

Snow and ice removal is a difficult and time-consuming job. Patience is appreciated as city staff works diligently to restore streets to normal winter driving conditions.

Please remove vehicles from the street when it snows. This way we can keep our commitment to you to have snow removed from Muscatine streets as soon as possible.



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