Dan Strable, Superintendent
1110 N. 4th Ave.
The Street Department is staffed with four full time employees: Superintendent Dan Strable, Matt Porter, Matt Decker and Ed Snyder. In addition, employees from the Electric, Water and Park Departments all assist during snow events.
Street Department employees are most known for all of the work they do during snow events. In addition to plowing all of the city’s streets and alleys, the street department employees plow and haul away all of the snow from around the famous downtown square around the Madison County Courthouse. During just one snow event, they hauled over 270 loads of snow. In addition to snow removal, the street department cleans the streets, paints parking lines, cross walks, school crossings, handicap parking, street patching, storm sewer work, storm debris removal, traffic management, and overall maintenance of the transportation infrastructure in the city.
Parking on the streets during a snow or ice event – the Winterset Code says that, “ 6.810. SNOW ORDINANCE. Except as to the area within the downtown commercial (DC) zoning district, no persons shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any city street, alley, or city owned off-street parking during periods of snow or ice accumulation unless the snow or ice accumulations have been removed or plowed from the city street, alley or parking area and during any period of time when city snow removal operations upon the city streets, alleys and parking areas are in progress. In the area within the downtown commercial (DC) zoning district, no person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley, or city owned off-street parking area at any time between the hours of 1:00 A.M. until 5:00 A.M. daily.
Any vehicle parked in violation of this Code Section shall be subject to being towed and impounded; and, their owners or drivers shall be required to pay the reasonable cost of the towing and storage prior to recovering the vehicle as provided by Section 6.806 of this Code. Simply put, to avoid the pricey fine, if snow or inclement weather is forecasted, please move your vehicles off of the street. It slows the plows down and leaves snow on your streets if the drivers have to maneuver around your parked car.
Removing snow off of your sidewalks – the Winterset Code says that, ‘CHAPTER 6 SNOW AND ICE ON SIDEWALKS 3.601 RESPONSIBILITY OF OWNER AND TENANT 3.602 REMOVAL BY CITY 3.603 COLLECTION OF COST
3.601 RESPONSIBILITY OF OWNER AND TENANT. No person shall allow any snow or ice to remain upon any sidewalk adjacent to, or abutting upon, any property owned or leased by said person after twenty-four (24) hours following the snow or ice having ceased falling or accumulating thereon.
3.602 REMOVAL BY THE CITY. If any person permits snow or ice which has accumulated to remain upon sidewalks in violation of Section 3.601 above, the Street Commissioner may without notice to the owner or tenant, remove the snow or ice from said sidewalks. The Street Commissioner shall keep an accurate account of expenses incurred in removing said snow or ice and shall provide said account to the City Administrator.
3.603 COLLECTION OF COST. The City Administrator shall mail a statement of the costs incurred by the City for removing said snow or ice to the owner and, if applicable, the tenant failing to remove said snow or ice accumulation. If the amount shown by the statement has not been paid within thirty (30) days from the date of the same was mailed, the City Administrator shall certify the costs to the Madison County Auditor and the same shall be assessed against the adjacent or abutting property and collected in the same manner as a property tax.”
Simply put – our Code enforcement officer drives around and checks all of the sidewalks shortly after the 24-hour time period has ended. If your sidewalk has not been cleared, he will put a notice on your door and give you an additional 24 hours to become compliant. If you are not you will be issued a ticket.
Code Enforcement Officer
The job responsibilities of this position include enforcement of City ordinances, regulating property maintenance, which includes nuisance abatement, off-street parking, sidewalk maintenance, and safety regulations.
Winterset is a great community that many take pride in; both in visiting and residing. A clean and respectable appearance brings more families and more visitors to our community which boosts our economic growth. This position will help to maintain and improve the quality of life that many desire when deciding to take residence here. I am committed to do my part to assist the city of Winterset in upholding these standards. My office is located on the second level at the City Hall. I welcome a visit, call or an email anytime you have concerns or questions.