Can citizens push snow from their driveway onto the street? How about if the snowplows haven't come by to haul the street's snow out yet? Can business owners along Main Street whose sidewalks extend to the street push their snow onto main? Monday evening, the Hazen City Commission answered "No," "No," and "No."
Thursday morning's temperature painfully tickled 40 below zero. By Friday afternoon, the sun was shining on a semi-balmy 31-degree day.
Take a poll anywhere but the playground, and most will agree snow is a good thing - but only to a certain extent. This winter, record inches of the white stuff has caused travel troubles, schedule shuffling and, in general, one heck of a headache.
Community Education program under the guidance of director Darcy Putnam is quickly taking shape. During a meeting of the Hazen School Board Monday afternoon, the board reviewed a listing of classes that will be available to individuals of all ages, as well as classes waiting in the wings.
Regarding accumulation of the white stuff, it has been a record-setting winter for Hazen and the surrounding area. And the Hazen city street crews are left to deal with the aftermath of each storm. Snowfall after snowfall has at times filled all 40 miles of city streets before Hazen city street personnel have had the chance to clean them all.
A gallon of milk is over $4. The price of flour is skyrocketing. Gasoline? Anybody's guess. But snow removal on your street? Surprisingly affordable. Based on a home value of $150,000, the property owner would pay a total of $2,783 in city property tax. Of that total, the city collects $640. Of that cut, only $13.50 is allocated toward snow removal. If a home were valued at $75,000, the owner would be paying $6.75 for city street snow removal. A home valued at $40,900? Snow removal is costing well under $4.