But, Kauffman urged city residents to continue to be mindful of the needs of street cleanup crews by promptly digging out and moving their cars out of the roads and alleyways so the snow can be removed in a timely fashion. Making sure fire hydrants, sidewalks and catch basins are kept clear of snow should also be a priority, he said.
As for trash pickup within the city, Kauffman noted that the city’s trash contractor, Allied Waste, notified his office Tuesday of an additional delay in trash pickup due to the weather.
“The continued extreme low temperature and wind chill factor affects truck hydraulics and driver safety,” Kauffman said. “Monday’s route was to be picked up (Tuesday), but will be delayed until Wednesday.”
Kauffman also noted that Allied plans to run extra trucks where possible to chip away at the normal Tuesday route today.
“Residents who are normally serviced Tuesday through Friday should put their trash out one day later than normal,” Kauffman said. “As Allied Waste works to catch up, if it is not picked up on that day, it will be picked up the following day. Allied intends to be caught up by Saturday.”
Along those lines, Kauffman urged city residents to make sure their trash cans are accessible and cleared of snow in order to ensure trash pickup is as prompt and unhindered as possible.
“When the garbage truck eventually does pull up, if the trash barrel is covered in snow, they won’t be able to pull it out,” Kauffman said. “So I think people need to be mindful of that.”
Meteorologists Tuesday were predicting a high of 18 with mostly cloudy skies and a few afternoon snow flurries for today — a far cry from the sub-zero temperatures and wind chill factors of between -20 and -40 experienced in the area Monday and Tuesday.
Moving into tonight, snow flurries are expected early, with a change to partly cloudy skies late into the evening. Wind should be light and variable with a low near 4 degrees expected.