Jan 22

Application of Street De-Icing Material

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 10:17 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Why does the city apply toxic metal salts, such as sodium and magnesium chloride, to Laramie streets when street runoff ends up in the Laramie River, Spring Creek, and the Casper Aquifer? How many pounds of salt end up in our water every winter?

A.  De-icing material is applied to locations whenever needed to address safety concerns for the traveling public. These areas include:  4-way stops, signal-controlled intersections, hills, and any other locations that have historically required attention. The Salt and Ice slice applied is used sparingly but is necessary to provide residents with a safe traveling surface.

Jan 14

Beitel Elementary Snow Removal

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 2:29 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Can code enforcement do a better job of staying on top of the sidewalks adjacent to school district properties? I walk by Beitel almost every day and sometimes its many days before someone comes by to remove snow. I'd think that the school district doesn't get a free pass to not follow snow removal code just because it is a week long holiday or weekend.

A.  The sidewalks adjacent to Beitel Elementary are the owned by the Albany County School district, which is a political subdivision in the state of Wyoming and are governed by a locally elected school board and superintendent. You may report your concern to the school district by calling (307) 721-4400 or email them at info@acsd1.org . Our Code Enforcement Inspector has offered to contact Albany County School District #1 with your concerns as well.

Dec 26

Greenbelt Path Snow Removal

Posted on December 26, 2019 at 1:45 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Who is responsible for snow removal on the Greenbelt and why do they do such a lousy job? Many times there are plow marks well off the path while the path itself is not cleared. Snow is allowed to compact into ice, creating treacherous conditions.

A.  The City of Laramie Parks Department is responsible for snow removal on the Greenbelt trails. Trucks with plows are used to move most of the snow off paths that can handle a wider vehicle. However, sometimes plows hang out over the path shoulders and can cause scaring on turns or when snow accumulation hinders the driver’s line of sight. Staff are reminded to stay on the pathways as to keep the native vegetation unharmed and to keep tracks to a minimum. The Greenbelt path is not on the weekend priority list and if snow occurs over the weekend, the paths are not plowed until the following Monday. This can cause packed snow and ice situations if the weather does not melt it off. Staff monitor weather reports daily and if an appreciable amount of snow is expected, then they come in and plow all locations. The Parks Department understands how this can cause issues with pedestrians and bike traffic at times and apologize for any inconvenience. Our staff continually strive to provide excellent service and appreciate your reporting of concerns with our Greenbelt path snow removal efforts.