Dealing with snow and ice

By Grace Moore

The town maintenance crew has been working through the week to break up the deep ice at certain areas like the intersection of South Big Horn Avenue and Johnson Street as well as on Powder River Avenue and Cheyenne Street.

Grace Moore photo
Crews clear snow on Big Horn Avenue on Monday morning.

“This has been a really weird year for ice,” says Moorcroft Public Works Director Cory Allison. “We’ve fought more ice than we have snow.” Because of the ice, according to Allison, the sand consumption has been higher. “We’ve quite a little more than we have in the past.”

At a recent council meeting, Allison was advised after discussion to move snow to the sides on the narrower streets and to the center on wider streets where there is room to maneuver around the snow piles.

The council told him to abstain from clearing the drives of those who can bodily clear their own, but to assist the elderly and disabled to do so. Overall, said Allison, “We’re trying to do this as cost effectively as we can and still keep the streets as good as we can.”

He advises the community that, to better facilitate the plowing of the streets, residents who have an option are asked to please park their car off the street-side when it snows.