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Boone City Public Works Information

John Rouse, Parks/Public Works Director

Staff
Flushing Water Mains
Potholes
Iowa One Call (Call before you dig)
Sewer Management
Smoke Testing
Snow Ordinance Information
Pesticide MSDS Sheets

After hours emergency contact comp center at
515-433-0527

Staff:
Director of Public Works - John Rouse
Administrative Assistant - Julie Meimann
Mechanic/Foreman - Cory Stoneburner
Sewer Foreman - Rob Robinson
Sewer Laborer - Travis Baker
Water Distribution Foreman - Waylon Andrews
Water Distribution - Don Batt
Street Foreman - Dave Huffman
Street Laborer - Dean Taylor
Street Laborer - Buddy Moran
Street Laborer - John Frank
Street Laborer - Warren Ehlert

Flushing Water Mains
The City of Boone will begin flushing water mains starting April 24, 2017. Flushing of water mains is done to maintain the quality of water at your tap. Again this year Public Works will continue to flush the mains weather permitting "All day every day until Winter".

Advice to Residents: If a flushing crew is on your street, please note that you may have temporary discolored water. In the event you have done laundry while the crew was flushing and your clothes are discolored, do not dry the wet clothes. Run your cold water until the discolored water clears out of your pipes. Washing the clothes again (when the water clears) will normally take care of this issue. If the clothes are still discolored, the Water Department office has, available at no charge, a detergent additive. The City of Boone would like to apologize for any inconvenience to our customers.

Potholes
Keep an eye out for potholes. If you notice potholes you can

e-mail jmeimann@city.boone.ia.us or call the Public Works Department at 515-432-4211 (x1129) - if there is no answer please leave a message.

IOWA ONE CALL

Citizens needing to request locates for private projects should contact Iowa One Call before digging.  Iowa law requires that any person, homeowner, professional, public or private entity, planning to engage in any form of excavation within the State of Iowa, must notify the Iowa One Call notification system at 1-800-292-8989 at least 48 hours prior to excavating.  The Iowa One Call notification system is a free call and a free service to all persons planning an excavation within the State of Iowa.  The required 48 hours advance notice does not include Saturdays and Sundays or legal holidays. CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!!!

SNOW EVENTS

Parking during snow events (map)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Winter is just around the corner and we would like to remind residents about the City’s policy on snow removal:

PLEASE REMOVE VEHICLES FROM THE ROADWAY WHEN ANY AMOUNT OF SNOWFALL IS PREDICTED.

Snow Plowing
Under Normal Snowfall Conditions, the following policy for removing snow from curb-to-curb will be carried out: the Boone Public Works Department will work diligently to plow each and every street, curb to curb.  The City will maintain its policy of plowing all emergency snow routes on a curb-to-curb basis before residential areas.

Snow Emergencies are declared by the Public Works Director and announced on KWBG News Radio (1590).  DURING PERIODS OF "SNOW EMERGENCY," VEHICLES ARE PROHIBITED FROM PARKING OR STANDING UNATTENDED ON ANY ROADWAY WITHIN THE CITY.  The purpose of the "Snow Emergency" is to facilitate snow plowing.  Any vehicles parked on the roadway will be ticketed and towed. This includes any snow contractor’s vehicle that are stopped or standing.  They also will be ticketed and towed.  When a snow emergency is declared, the City will make an initial contact via e-mail or text enabled phone.

 

 

Please be aware that snow plowing is an imperfect process and certain inconveniences are unavoidable.  The first of two common complaints received by the City in regards to snow plowing, is damage to mailboxes.  Old, unsecured mailboxes are prone to damage because of the weight of the snow.  The City will not be responsible for improperly mounted, located or maintained mailboxes that are damaged by snow.  Mailboxes should be installed so that the front of the mailbox is even with the back of the curb.  In areas that have no curbs, the face of the mailbox should be set back six inches from the edge of the blacktopped roadway.  If a properly maintained mailbox is damaged during snow removal, a claim may be filed by the property owner in the Administration Office at City Hall.  The maximum refund for damaged mailboxes is $25.

The second common complaint received by the City in regards to snow plowing, is previously cleared driveways being plowed shut again. City plows must operate at a minimum rate of speed in order to create enough momentum to remove snow from the road.  All snow is moved from the street to the parking.

Sidewalks
Residents are reminded that within 48 hours (24 hours for commercial businesses) after snow has ceased to fall, or the formation of ice has occurred, a 24" path must be cleared on all sidewalks.  Residents are advised that when clearing snow from driveways, it should not be shoveled into the roadway or other properties.

Towing for Efficient Snow Removal
Citizens can contact the Police Department for information regarding vehicle recovery at 515-432-3456.

Before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. (Monday thru Friday) you may call Elmquist Decker Towing directly at 515-432-2524. This is a 24 hour seven days a week number that will be answered. Someone at this number can arrange for you to get your vehicle out of storage seven days a week. The towed vehicles will be towed to the Public Works lot at 8th and Cedar Streets. It will be kept at this location for a maximum of five days. After five days vehicles may be moved to one of Decker’s other locations.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do we know when it is ok to park on the street again after the snow ordinance has been declared?
A: Mother Nature is difficult to predict. We will do our best to send out our notifications 4-8 hours before the ordinance goes into effect (TV, Radio, email, text). The text will usually say – “Boone Snow Ordinance will go into effect at 9:00 p.m. residential and 11:00 p.m. business district. (remove cars from the right-of-way – ticket and tow).”  A text or e-mail will also be sent out after the snow ordinance has been lifted.  The best way to know when you can begin parking on the street is the condition of the street. If winter conditions have stopped (snow, blowing snow, sleet, etc.) and your road has been plowed from curb-to-curb then you can park on the street. If another snow event is predicted, it is best advised to remove vehicles from the street.

Q: During the winter, are we allowed to just park in the parking just in case it might snow or will we get ticketed?
A: The “parking” is the area between the sidewalk and the street. This area should always remain clear.  To ensure that you won't get a ticket, the best solution is to find an available paved surface that is not within the parking.

Q: How long do these snow ordinances last?
A: Typically the Ordinance will go into effect between 9 p.m. for residential and 11 p.m. business district. The Ordinance remains in effect for 24 hours.  Parking on the streets is allowed after the streets are cleared from curb to curb.

If two snow events come within a shorter time frame the Ordinance may go into effect for consecutive evenings. Again, the best rule-of-thumb, if your street has just been plowed and is clear from curb-to-curb it is safe to park on the street. Vehicles parked on a street cleared from curb-to-curb will not be impeding snow removal and thus are not subject to ticket and tow.
Overall we are asking citizens to do their best to remove vehicles from City streets after a snow event. Regardless of the amount of snow and regardless of the Snow Ordinance, streets without parked cars yields safer, cleaner roads. 

Q: What constitutes a street being done as far as plowing goes?
A: When the street is clear from curb-to-curb and it is not snowing or blowing snow.


Q: Why not give a car owner a warning first, then tow the following violation?
A: This option was discussed by City Council and the Mayor. During three separate City Council meetings, staff explained the process of notifying the public via newsletters, newspaper, radio, etc. Council received input by the public while the Ordinance was being considered and they made the decision to ticket and tow vehicles immediately. Also, staff printed several hundred warning tags that were applied to vehicles prior to snow falling. These tags were applied to many vehicles parked in the right-of-way.

Q: What about these businesses who have “ONLY” on street parking? Like the churches, the dental offices on 8th St., banks, etc. Are they going to start towing customers?
A: There are a select few businesses that do not have off-street parking. The Snow Ordinance goes into effect in the evening hours. By early morning hours roads that are cleared from curb-to-curb can accommodate parking legally. The business activity you describe above occurs during daytime hours. Again, the Snow Ordinance helps us keep the roads clear for those businesses and those traveling to those businesses. The Hospital actually posts signs when the Snow Ordinance is in effect. This is done for visitors and employees. We encourage this for all businesses operating with 24 hour service.

 

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