Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Snow removal goes smoothly, city reports

November 24, 2004

— The city's Public Works director is crediting an early start by street crews and the emergence of the sun as two helpful factors in clearing streets after the first snowstorm of the season.

John Young, director of public works, said employees were called in about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday to begin clearing the city's streets of snow that was accumulating from an overnight storm. The snow continued falling, he said, until about 6 a.m. By 2 p.m., the clearing was completed.

Young said he was pleased with the first effort of the season.

"We had very little trouble, and it took very little material to melt away the snow," Young said. "The temperature and the sun really helped in that respect."

Young said the amount of snow - estimated around 4 inches - took crews a little bit by surprise. Forecasters had predicted accumulations of only about an inch.

The day was not without a first, Young said, with residents in some areas south of the city getting their roads cleared by Lansing street crews.

"This morning : we got permission from the city administrator to do some work on the roads in the annexed area," he said.

The city earlier this month received approval to annex about 1,292 acres of land south of the city to the Leavenworth-Wyandotte County line. The annexation won't become official until the end of a 30-day protest period in which affected residents can challenge the issue in court. That period ends Dec. 10.

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