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Posted on: December 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Snow Removal Operations Explained

City snow removal crews begin snow plowing operations and the snow ordinance goes into effect when accumulation reaches 2 inches. Plowing operations may begin after about an inch of accumulation for snow events during regular working hours. You can find out if the City of Newton Snow Ordinance is in effect by calling 641-791-SNOW (7669) or visiting the City's website. 

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Clean Up Operations

The following tasks, listed in order of importance, are performed after a storm:

  • Hauling snow from the Downtown Snow Removal District Hauling and pushing snow from the shoulders on rural sections of roads, from parking lots, cul-de-sacs, and dead ends
  • Snow cleanup from bridges and intersections
  • Pushing back drifted areas and making room for additional snow accumulation
  • Replenishing material supplies and maintenance/repair to snow removal equipment
  • Repairing damage to infrastructure: signs, potholes, mailboxes and sod repair.

Snow Removal Parking Restrictions

Snow ordinance violation tickets issued by the Newton Police Department are $35. 

When City-wide Snow Removal Operations are in effect, vehicles MUST NOT be parked on the street until the street has been plowed full-width and snow removal operations are complete. If an illegally parked or abandoned vehicle creates a hazard to traffic, significantly impedes the ability to safely plow the street, or remains on the street 24 hours after snow removal operations are complete, the police department will attempt to make contact with owners of the vehicles. If no contact can be made with the registered owner of the vehicle, it will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

When Downtown Snow Hauling Operations are in effect during the hours of 12 A.M. – 6 A.M., vehicles can be ticketed and towed. The police department will attempt to make contact with owners of the vehicles. If no contact can be made with the registered owner, the vehicle will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. For downtown residents, parking in a City-owned parking lot during snow removal operations is permissible.

Private Property Snow Removal 

If you are a property owner, you need to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks abutting your property within 24 hours after winter weather (snow or freezing precipitation) has ended. If you fail to do so, you may be subject to a nuisance violation.  When removing ice or snow from your property, it is illegal to throw, push or place snow from private property, sidewalks or driveways onto or across public streets or into gutters. The only exception is for property owners in the downtown business district. Downtown property owners can deposit snow from their sidewalks into the street or adjacent to the curb before downtown snow hauling and removal operations begin.

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