County outlines plowing procedures for outside city
News · January 02, 2013

Cedar County’s Secondary Road Department will work hard to try to get roads open as quickly as possible following a snow or ice storm, according to County Engineer Robert Fangmann.

“As drivers and users of the road system, everyone should be familiar with our plan of action to clear the roads,” he said.

County operating procedure when winter weather threatens is for county foremen to begin checking road conditions between 3 and 4 a.m.

The foremen determine the severity of the storm and the level of snow removal response necessary and appropriate for weather conditions.

They also consult the county’s satellite weather system to view current road conditions throughout the state to help anticipate the length and severity of the storm.

The foremen relay this road information to the sheriff’s department and call out road employees who operate snow removal equipment.

Secondary road forces will generally not operate before 6 a.m. or after 4 p.m. on the paved roads or before 7:30 a.m. or after 4 p.m. on the unpaved roads, except in emergencies.

As stated in the county policy, paved roads will be opened first.

If conditions are such that the road graders are needed to help in snow removal on the paved roads, the opening of unpaved roads will be delayed.

As we begin to work on unpaved roads, we will open all of the unpaved roads that are above Level B service to one lane, then improve them as time and weather conditions allow.

Level B roads may not be plowed at all during the winter.

If weather conditions create hazardous working conditions as happens during heavy falling or blowing snow, snow removal units may be pulled off the roads.

If this occurs while school is in session, the county road department or the sheriff’s office will notify the schools as early as circumstances allow so that the schools can arrange for safe dismissal of students before county units are forced off the roads.

Cedar County Secondary Road forces will respond to emergencies outside normal working hours and/or interrupt the normal sequence of service when conditions where loss of life is probable, where a serious injury has occurred, or where extensive loss of property is imminent.

These conditions should be verified through the sheriff’s department 911 operator.

People living in rural areas who have potentially life-threatening medical conditions, including pregnancies, should have their physician contact the sheriff’s office before an actual emergency.

This early contact will allow the county to know your location and plan an efficient response in advance. Please submit written authorization from your health care provider.

The county’s snow removal procedures are based on Cedar County Ordinance No. 6, passed by the Cedar County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 17, 1984, and amended on Nov. 16, 1995.

This ordinance establishes Cedar County’s policy and level of snow and ice removal and maintenance under these conditions.

Copies of the ordinance are available from the county engineer’s office and may be requested by stopping by or calling 563-886-6102 or the ordinance is available on the Cedar County Web site at, under County Offices, Engineer.

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