Pierre Officials Asking For Cooperation To Help With First Snow Removal

(KCCR) — A fall snowstorm is forecast to move through central South Dakota Thursday into Friday and the City of Pierre is reaching out to residents to remind them of winter weather snow removal procedures on city streets. Utilities Director Brad Palmer says they don’t plan on making a snow alert declaration…

“But I will start out by saying it is not our intention to declare an emergency declaration for this event.  Even though there might be a lot of snow coming, we could get a trace amount.  We could get up to two feet; we just don’t know.  But the…we feel the ground is warm and that we haven’t had a freeze yet; there’s no frost so our…we anticipate that what we do get will melt rather fast.”
Palmer says officials will probably issue snow alerts later into the winter season if necessary…

“When that happens, what we’re asking is for the public to take cars and trailers and anything that might be…they might normally park on the street in snow routes and to use off-street parking.  And so we usually try to issue those before nine-PM at night with the knowledge that they have to be off of the street by midnight and then crews start to plow sometime between two and four in the morning depending on how much snow we have on the ground when we issue the alert.
Palmer says Pierre Police will be watching for parking violators during snow events…

“When we go out and patrol after midnight, if there are cars on the snow route, they will be ticketed and towed.  Usually we just tow them around the corner and so if you…if you should happen to have a car that gets towed off of a snow route, it’s usually within half a block from where you normally park it.”
The Pierre Police Department will begin formal notification of requests to remove trailers, boats and campers from city streets for the winter weather season in the next week or two.