City of Nampa

Posted on: October 20, 2017

Nampa releases updated snow, ice plan to improve response if epic winter reoccurs

Salt Shed

The city of Nampa has released an updated Snow and Ice Control Plan on its website, bracing for what has been forecasted another brutal winter.

“Although this winter’s forecast may not come to fruition, city staff members are prepared for the worst,” Mayor Bob Henry said. “It may seem early, but after last year’s snowmageddon, we evaluated citizen expectations, comments from the City Council and we explored how other cities respond to major snow storms.”

The new Nampa Snow and Ice Control Plan is available at www.cityofnampa.us/snow. The web page provides links to useful information along with the city’s planned response, depending on conditions.

“We’ve made several changes to the plan,” Public Works Director Michael Fuss said. “I appreciate City Council’s support, financially, so the city will be better prepared to respond if we should have another epic series of storms.”

Those changes include:

  • A Quick Reference Guide in the plan outlines what procedures and communication will be taken by City staff in response to weather conditions.
  • A dedicated phone number, 208-468-5577, and email address of snow@cityofnampa.us, will be available for citizens to leave messages regarding their concerns. Information you provide will be quickly gathered into a database so the appropriate response can be provided by City crews.
  • A salt shed is nearly complete, and salt has been ordered, so the city can store salt and use throughout the winter season, after the city experimented with salt last year with favorable response.
  • A “Snow Cam” will show a ruler that show citizens what the city is watching to determine the amount of snowfall, although the Street Division crew will also watch snow depth at other Nampa locations.
  • If about 6 inches of snow accumulates, with forecasted continued freezing temperatures, contractors will be called to assist in plowing residential streets.
  • A more formal communications plan also calls for twice daily updates once snowfall exceeds 3 inches.
  • Like last year, when contractors are dispatched to residential areas, maps will show where the plows have been.
  • A list of frequently asked questions are posted on the web page, answering questions the public often has concerning the operation of snow plows and why the city responds as it does.

In anticipation of the upcoming snow season, the city has budgeted accordingly:

  • For FY18, Streets will spend $82,245 for salt.
  • In FY17, Streets budgeted $60,000 for contracted assistance and spent $113,948 for contractors. The city budgeted $60,000 in FY18, but is prepared to spend more if the predicted storms materialize and the city will decide what streets project(s) to defer if necessary.
  • In FY17, Streets spent $130,000 (budgeted $30,000) for chemicals/sand. Streets budgeted $130,000 for chemicals, salt and sand in FY18.
  • In FY17, Streets spent $55,000 for overtime - $20,000 more than budgeted. Streets budgeted $55,000 for overtime in FY18.

PHOTO: The framework and asphalt for the new salt shed is in place at the City of Nampa Street Division and the canvas should arrive next week.

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