Advisory committee to plow through snow issues |

Advisory committee to plow through snow issues

The public is encouraged to attend a Snow Removal Advisory Committee meeting scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility board room, public works office assistant Tamara Blanton said.

The committee will address citizen complaints concerning contract snow removal in the Glenshire and Prosser Lakeview/Prosser Heights areas.

“Tahoe Donner has had more complaints, but citizens out there have had some concerns and we’d like to listen,” Blanton said.

Parking in the town right of way is another area that needs to be addressed, Blanton said, because several vehicles have been damaged this year when parked in the town right of way.

“Cars parked close to the town’s snow stakes are still within the right-of-way where our plows push snow, which can result in damage,” Blanton said. “We need to let people know that we cannot reimburse for that. They’re not allowed to park there.”

The committee will also discuss the town’s berm policy, which states that during a storm the town’s snow removal equipment will not remove berms for the public, Blanton said, because this delays snow removal on important arteries throughout town. When storm conditions subside, attempts will be made to eliminate berms when possible, she said.

The committee would also like to hear from the public concerning traffic control on Donner Pass Road. The current traffic control strategy appears to be working, Blanton said, but the town would like input from the public to verify the policy’s success and to improve upon it if possible.

Another issue of public concern which the committee will address is the closure of Skislope Way in Tahoe Donner. Blanton said there have been several incidents this year in which sightseers and others have become stuck on Skislope Way, detaining snow removal equipment and ultimately requiring the costly dispatch of local Search and Rescue crews.

“We need to let people know that this is not the place to be during a storm,” Blanton said.

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