EPHRATA, WA. With the beginning of winter upon us, the City wants to remind everyone about our snow removal policy. The snow that we receive each winter affects us all equally, and a measure of patience and understanding will make this season easier on everyone.
This policy has been developed jointly with the Chamber of Commerce, City Councilmembers, private citizens, business owners, and the City Staff. The City holds an annual forum to publically review our snow removal policy. It has also been carefully integrated with the State Department of Transportationís (WSDOT) plans, as they have jurisdiction over Basin Street.
Following the end of a snowfall, our priorities for plowing are the following:
1) Open up the hills and primary streets for the emergency services and schools.
2) Remove the snow that the WSDOT plows to the middle of Basin Street, as we are required.
3) Plow neighborhood residential streets, depending on the depth of the snow.
Winter weather requires that we all slow down, give ourselves extra time, and adjust to the current conditions while we drive; winter weather cannot be completely tamed. Drivers must expect icing conditions and drive accordingly.
In almost every instance, our crews will plow from the center of the street to the curbs, so that both sides of a street receive an equal amount of snow. We understand that this can be frustrating, but it is the only way that we can fairly, effectively, and efficiently plow your street.
It is illegal to push snow from any property onto a City street. This creates a hazard for emergency crews and the driving public; it slows down everyoneís efforts, and violators could be subject to a $70.00 fine.
Please be considerate: Donít plow your snow into the street.
Please be tolerant of the temporary inconveniences of snow removal. Our crews work overnight in an effort to serve you.
By taking a bit of extra time, slowing down when you drive, and remembering that we are all in this together, Ephrata will literally weather every storm.