Deadwood designates new emergency snow routes

New snow route signs will replace old ones like this, located on Burnham Avenue. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson

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DEADWOOD — Monday, in an effort to set forth new snow routes to facilitate the efficient removal of snow and ice from city streets in the event of a large-scale snowstorm, the Deadwood City Commission approved the first reading of an ordinance creating emergency snow routes.

With the newly drafted ordinance, two sections have been added to Chapter 12 of the city code regarding snow routes.

Deadwood Public Works Director Bob Nelson, Jr. said the snow routes ordinance has been in the works a long time. 

“Basically, it creates the ability to declare an emergency, so that some key streets to get in neighborhoods will have to be clear of parking,” Nelson said. “So it’s going to be a large storm events, so that we keep access open all the time. Granted, we try to do our best to keep things open regardless of how it happens, and people use it.”

The following new areas will be designated as emergency access snow routes and will be marked as such: 

• Lincoln Avenue, Van Buren to Mt. Moriah Drive;

• Jackson Street, Adams Street to Mt. Moriah Drive; 

• Williams Street, 284 Williams to 562 Williams; 

• Burnham Avenue, Pioneer Way to Dakota Street; 

• Stewart Street, Charles Street to Fillmore Street; 

• Denver Avenue, Williams Street to Mt. Roosevelt Road. 

Additional streets may be designated as needed during a snow emergency by the public works director.

Nelson said upon commission approval, his department would go in and replace the old snow route signs with new ones that designate this snow route. 

“I think the big thing on this is that it’s the big snow event,” Martinisko said. “It’s not the five-inch … it’s where we’re running risk of fire and police not being able to access.” 

The ordinance states that on a declaration by the public works director or designee, when a snow emergency exists due to heavy snowfall in the city of Deadwood, no parking by any vehicle shall be permitted on the emergency access snow routes listed. 

In regard to removal of vehicles, the ordinance states that individuals are responsible for knowing the priority of their street of residence and shall remove stalled vehicles from those routes.

Per ordinance, the Deadwood Police Department is authorized to remove a vehicle from a street to the nearest impound lot when the vehicle is parked or stalled on a street that is declared a snow route, a snow emergency has been declared, and the vehicle is interfering or about to interfere with snow removal operations.

In the event it is deemed necessary by law enforcement to tow the vehicle, it will be towed immediately, and law enforcement will keep a record of the vehicle and where it was towed.

Any party who receives a citation for violation of the ordinance shall pay a penalty listed in the city fee schedule, which is set and amended by resolution. For 2020, the fee for parking in a snow removal area within 72 hours is $25 and after 72 hours is $34.00.

Commissioner Gary Todd said that it’s important to inform the public of the ordinance and the streets affected.

“Just as long as they know,” he said.

Second reading of the ordinance is slated for the Jan. 21 commission meeting and if approved, would be adopted Feb. 12.

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