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Feb 07

Cedar Falls Snowfighters Making City Streets Safe

Posted on February 7, 2020 at 10:33 AM by Amanda Huisman


Keeping our city streets cleared during the winter is an important and difficult job, so we want to thank our Cedar Falls Snowfighters for everything they do! The hard work and dedication of our Public Works road crews are a key component to keeping our community moving. Learn more about their job and how they work tirelessly to keep us safe!

How many lane miles does the road crew team plow?
There are approximately 500 lane miles that are plowed throughout the City  

How are streets prioritized for order of plowing?
Arterial roads are 1st priority. Collector streets that direct traffic to the main arterials are 2nd priority. Residential streets are plowed once all priority 1 and 2 streets are complete. Residential streets are typically plowed upon receiving 3” of accumulation and depending on current weather conditions and forecast.

How many routes do they have?
There are 15 areas and one auxiliary route Some routes have 2 trucks assigned

How many snowplow operators and snowplow trucks does the city operate?
22 truck plows, 2 motor graders and 4 end loaders with plow and wing attachments.

How long does it take to plow the entire City?
A typical full plow event can be completed in 8- 10 hours, depending on conditions.

If you see snowplows on the street, make sure to give them space so they can work. If you have any questions about snow removal or would like more information, please contact public works at (319) 273-8629. 
Nov 19

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

Posted on November 19, 2019 at 4:09 PM by Amanda Huisman

thanksgiving cooking safety PS

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and 
it’s an exciting time full of family, friends, and (of course) food! In all the gobbles of fun and activity, however, it can be easy to become distracted, particularly while cooking.

Did You Know?

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Stay Safe

Kids love being involved with holiday preparations and it is important to take precautions during this busy time, especially in the kitchen.

To help your family enjoy the festivities safely, here are some tips from Cedar Falls Public Safety:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. Explain to your children that the stove is hot and also that it will remain hot for a period of time, even after it is turned off. Always keep kids 3 feet away from stoves.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children - up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

To help your little turkeys enjoy the holiday and avoid potential dangers, have activities that keep the kids out of the kitchen. Games, puzzles, and books can help provide needed distractions. Additionally, Thanksgiving decoration arts and crafts can be a great way for them to be included in the preparations, while staying clear of dangerous appliances. If your child enjoys helping make dinner, provide them with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen and always have an adult help with the task.

We hope you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Nov 19

Ride-A-Long: Yard Waste Disposal

Posted on November 19, 2019 at 3:21 PM by Amanda Huisman

Take a ride with Cedar Falls Maintenance Worker, Kathy, and learn about the importance of proper yard waste disposal. 

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