“The goal is to clear the streets to make them safer for everybody,” Van Dam said.
He said that depending on the severity of the storm predicted this weekend, the mayor will make a decision as to whether he will declare another snow emergency.
In preparation for the predicted storm, the city is continuing to remove snow and ice leftover from the last storm, he said.
“When the plows are out this weekend they’ll have to go around these obstructions,” Van Dam said. “So the goal is to have most of those obstructions removed so we can plow more efficiently and effectively.”
He said the city is prepared to send out 150 DPW and private snow plows as well as four city sanding trucks.
“We also potentially could send out trucks to pre-treat the roads so they don’t ice over,” he said. “Not only do we want to make sure we have enough equipment, we want to make sure we have enough sand, rock salt and gasoline for whatever happens.”
Van Dam said that if a snow emergency is declared, the mayor will announce it through the media, on the city’s Website as well as by calling residents through the city’s Blackboard Connect phone messaging system.
“It gives us the ability to reach out to the homes of residents with an urgent message,” Van Dam said.