City Releases Report on Snow Policies

Monday, December 28, 2009 - 3:08am

Report Explores Short and Long Term Options for Improvement

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz today released a report on the City's snow policies. The mayor ordered the analysis after the conditions on Madison's arterial streets resulting from the severe storm of December 8 and 9.

"Everyone involved in managing a winter storm from the frontline workers to the managers to me works hard and works intelligently," Mayor Cieslewicz said. "But even the best organizations come in for criticism. The test of any strong organization is how well it responds to that criticism. We did some things very well in the last storm, but the condition of our arterial streets wasn't good enough. So the answer is to learn from the experience and plot a course for improvement. That's what we have done here."

"Changing technology and changing climate patterns mean we must always be asking how we can do things better and using the best data available to help drive our decisions," Council President Pro Tem Mark Clear said. "I look forward to exploring further ideas that will result from more in-depth research called for in the report."
The analysis was conducted by the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Janet Piraino, in consultation with city staff and managers from Streets, Metro, Parks and Engineering, Alder Clear and union leadership.

Highlights of the report include:
• A review of current city plowing, salting and parking regulations
• Analysis of the challenges and city operations during the December 8 - 9 storm
• Recommendations for short and long term improvement to city snow operations

The full report is available at

"I want to thank Ald. Clear and all the members of the snow policy review group for their hard work and long hours to meet my short deadline," Mayor Cieslewicz said. "I especially want to thank Streets Superintendent Al Schumacher and my Chief of Staff, Janet Piraino, for their leadership and good work."

  • Rachel Strauch-Nelson, (608) 516-2075