To the editor:
Throughout Feb. 21-Feb.27, the Leavenworth community experienced two major snowstorms, which left behind a total of 19 inches of snow on the ground. The City of Leavenworth would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to our residents and business owners for their patience during these two snow emergency events. We received dozens of phone calls, emails and comments on our Facebook and Twitter pages thanking our snow plow crews, police officers and other emergency responders for their excellent service during the snow emergency. These compliments go a long way to encouraging our staff who worked long hours to keep the streets of Leavenworth safe.
The City of Leavenworth utilized its public works staff, parks and recreation staff and water pollution control staff to operate snow plows along Snow Emergency Routes. The city also utilized contract crews to plow along residential routes. When these crews plow Leavenworth streets, they remove snow from nearly 350 miles along each lane plowed.
This heavy wet snow did not melt down in between storms, meaning crews had to pile snow higher to remove it from roadways. For some of you, that means extra snow piled on top of sidewalks and sometimes even at the edges of driveways. As it says in the City of Leavenworth snow removal ordinance: "City personnel will not clear plowed-in driveways, this is the citizen's responsibility. Plowing of streets will result in snow being plowed into driveways and on sidewalks. Shoveling of snow into the street prior to plowing will result in snow being plowed back into driveways and onto sidewalks." For those of you experiencing dangerous issues with our snow removal, please let us know and we'll do our best to remedy the situation. More information about the city's snow removal policy is on our website, www.lvks.org.
The city would also like to thank drivers for heeding the warnings of weather forecasters and staying off the streets when snow accumulation made driving dangerous. Your efforts resulted in zero fatality accidents in Leavenworth, while the state of Kansas experienced six deaths because of storm-related accidents. Please continue weather awareness as we enter into severe weather season this spring. The city will keep residents updated through the Leavenworth Times, Kansas City media, the City of Leavenworth website, Time Warner Cable Channel 2 and the city's social media sites.