Fulton to focus on communication, staying ahead of big snow

Fulton may see flurries Monday as temperatures dip below freezing, and City Engineer Greg Hayes says local street crews are prepared.

The city has held a cross-departmental snow removal planning meeting to hash out details for its strategies entering another potentially snowy winter.

“We have representatives from the police department, the fire department, (the Missouri Department of Transportation) … we even try to get someone from the power plant,” Hayes said. “We discuss the year before, why it happened, who did good and what we need to focus on.”

Hayes said city crews planned to improve their ability to keep ahead of bigger snowstorms and maintain better communication with city departments and residents during this year’s winter season.

By treating and starting to clear streets earlier into a snow, he noted longer buildups can be minimized or avoided.

“The problem is when it gets to 6 inches,” Hayes said. “It’s hard to realize that if the street departments start by the time there’s two inches and have cleaned the city off, we’ll have four inches on the ground (where we started.)”

He said residents can expect better communication from top to bottom in City Hall should there be heavy snowfall. He said several people called City Hall to ask about snow removal last year, so it was made a priority to keep receptionists informed so they can field calls and to have Public Information Officer Darin Wernig up-to-date on pertinent information.

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