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Posted on: February 1, 2017

Department Spotlight - Street Department

February’s Department Spotlight is the City of Alliance Street Department.  Superintendent John Bertolini stepped into his new role as Superintendent in December 2016 following the retirement of Kenny Rhome after 30 years of service to the City of Alliance.  John has been with the City of Alliance since December 2009.

We are in the height of the Street Department’s busy season.  The Street Department has crews out on the streets of Alliance plowing and salting our streets, working on potholes, and continuing maintenance of our streets.

The Street Department has 7 Salt Trucks and a total of 9 Plow Trucks.  Once the snow starts falling, you will see the Street Department’s salt and plow trucks treating our city’s streets.  The City of Alliance has one hundred and six miles of streets just counting one lane. Forty-eight and a half miles of those streets are considered emergency routes. Streets designated as "emergency routes" receive priority in the snow removal process.  The list of Emergency Snow Routes was updated Fall 2016 to allow greater access to our citizens in emergency situations. 

On occasion, the weather may overwhelm our city streets and require a Snow Emergency to be issued.  There are two distinct levels of a Snow Emergency.  During the period of a level one emergency, no person shall park any vehicle upon any street in the City designated as an Emergency Snow Route. Such routes are marked by street sign.  During the period of a level two emergency, no person shall park any vehicle upon any street in the City (City Ordinance 351.14 SNOW EMERGENCY (d)).  Starting, with one hour after the public announcement and until the period of emergency has passed, any motor vehicle parked in violation of this section may be towed away, in addition to any penalty provided for a violation of this section. (City Ordinance 351.14 SNOW EMERGENCY (f)) 

If you have noticed a pothole which needs attention, you can Report a Pothole on the City of Alliance’s website at “Report a Pothole.”

Between mid-October to mid-December, weather permitting, the Street Department completes the annual Leaf Collection.  The leaf truck crews pass through the city in sections.  Residents are reminded not to put piles of leaves in the streets as this causes a road hazard and can lead to a police citation. Also, leaves cannot be picked up in areas that cars are blocking the piles. Do not put anything in the leaves such as garbage, tree limbs or other yard waste as they will not be picked up. Leaves must be raked to the curb lawn. Bagged leaves can be placed out along with regular trash and will be picked up by Kimble during regularly scheduled trash service. 

The Street Department’s Street Sweeping program covers 106 road miles. The first round begins sometime in March, weather permitting, continuing throughout the summer and fall. On average, we are able to clean all city streets about two times a year. In addition, the Street Department sweeps for parades, special events and other City Departments.

Street Sweeping accomplishes two important things; it removes debris from the roadways that would otherwise end up in the city's storm water system, plugging lines and catch basins, and it keeps our streets clean and appealing.

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