Public Works Phone: 785-2941
For after hours problems please contact Police dispatch at 801-785-3506.
One of Pleasant Grove City Public Works' main objectives is to provide a plan for the safe movement of emergency equipment, vehicle traffic and pedestrians through the City. A snow removal plan has been developed to assist with this objective in order to maintain streets in hazardous weather conditions.
Pleasant Grove uses the following priorities to establish the urgency of snow removal within the city:
- All main arterials considered to be the minimum network which must be kept open to provide a transportation system connecting police/fire stations and rescue squad units.
- All remaining arterials, selected collectors, bus routes and around schools.
- All other selected collectors completing the network covering the major traffic volume streets and selected troubled areas such as intersections, and hills.
- All remaining streets, such as residential and local streets.
- Cul-de-sacs last. If cars are parked in a cul-de-sac, that cul-de-sac will not be plowed.
"Safety is everyone's responsibility."
Residents are required by ordinance to keep parked vehicles off the roads between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each year from November 1st through March 15th. Swerving snow plows in and out of parked cars is dangerous, and the operators cannot make adequate passes on the streets. In addition, the City asks that there be no placing, dumping or pushing of snow into the streets or right-of-ways from the adjacent properties. Clear your sidewalks especially after the snow plows have finished plowing to the curb.
Salt and/or sand all icy areas both on the sidewalks, driveways, steps and pathways.
Try to assist your elderly and handicapped neighbors with their snow removal. When income allows, hire help.
Q's and A's
Where I came from, the city plowed all the streets. Why not here?
As mentioned earlier, all the streets are plowed in a priority. When the main arterial streets are plowed for better transportation, then the residential ones are completed Sometimes' the snow continues to fall, much of the city's time is spent on the arterial streets, however the residential streets will be handled as soon as possible, thereafter.
Why not plow, to the center?
Piling snow in the center of a street can become a dangerous situation. Traffic is restricted. The freezing and thawing adds to pavement deterioration. Sight is obstructed and residents have problems entering and exiting their driveways.
Can't the City remove the snow they put in my' driveway?
If you consider the large number of driveways in the city, it's too costly and time consuming to use additional people and equipment to perform this service. Our primary duty is to open and keep open the main roadway system. Our crews try to keep this situation to a minimum.
Why do the plows go so fast and throw snow on my sidewalk?
Plows need to go a minimum speed in order to throw the snow off to the side. We ask our operators not to throw the snow any further than necessary.
Why don't your operators put the blade down and plow all the snow off, down to the pavement?
The street department uses gravity plows that can be mounted on the same trucks we use during the summer. These plows tend to ride on top of compacted snow. In addition, bare pavement snow removal tends to damage water valves, access structures, pavement markings and plows.
Public Works Main
Director: Lynn Walker
Address: 323 West 700 South
Streets & Storm Drainage Division
Name: John Goodman
Office: 323 West 700 South
Water & Sewer Division
Name: Greg Woodcox
Office: 323 West 700 South
For after hours problems please contact Police dispatch at 801-785-3506.
Public Works Notices
Please Don't Feed the Storm Drain
Why should we care what goes down the storm drain? Well you have heard the old saying what comes around goes around. The same is true with what we put down the storm drain.
Things we can do:
- Yard: Don't over fertilize. Sweep (do not wash) fertilizer and soil off driveways and walkways.
- Car: Maintain your car to prevent oil leaks and recycle used motor oil and anti-freeze.
- Pet: Pick up pet waste from yards, trails and sidewalks.
- Home: Use non toxic or natural household cleaning products. Recycle or properly dispose of household chemicals.
Please help us keep our town clean, take pride in what we have. If each person does their part in keeping their own yards clean it makes a big difference.
Remember what goes down the drain affects all of us. Protect our natural resources, our vegetation and wildlife.
Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports for 2010 are available for public download.
To view the reports and supplemental information please click the links below:
Allied Waste Holiday Service Schedule
Disposal sites in Utah County are closed on the following dates in 2009:
- May 28
- July 4
- July 24
- September 3
- November 22
- December 25
If your City service day(s) falls on or after this date in the same week, it will be pushed one day.
Examples: May 28th is a Monday. Monday's regular service will be serviced on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday,..., Friday service will be done on Saturday.
November 22 is a Thursday. Monday through Wednesday of that week will be serviced as usual. Thursday will be serviced on Friday and Friday serviced on Saturday.
Understanding Your Water Bill
Do you know why the cost of utilities fluctuates over time and with the seasons? The City wants residents to better understand the charges on their utilities bill.
Here is some information you should know:
Storm Water Management Plan
Click here to view.
PROTECTING YOUR DRINKING WATER
By John Schiess, P.E. City Utility Engineer
Pleasant Grove obtains its culinary water supply from high quality wells and springs. These sources are fed from snow-melt and rainwater infiltration into the ground up-gradient from the source. The ground acts as a filter to natural surface contaminants in the managen1ent area contributing to the wells. Water quality tests have shown this water to be of high quality, not requiring treatment other than chlorination of the springs before usage. Ground water is susceptible to contamination from accidental or intentional contamination at the ground surface. Therefore, the City has developed a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan for its water sources to protect these sources from contamination. As part of the City's drinking water source protection program, the City will periodically include information about protecting the ground water in its monthly mailings. Pleasant Grove City is dedicated to provide safe, clean. and reliable drinking water to its users and requests the public's health in protecting their water supplies.
The Drinking Water Source Protection Plan for Pleasant Grove City is available for your review. It contains inforn1ation about source protection zones, potential contamination sources, and management strategies to protect our drinking water. Potential contamination sources common in our protection area are residential, municipal, and educational landscaping chemicals, commercial fuel, oil, paint, resins, and other chemicals. Additionally, our wells have a medium susceptibility to potential contamination. We have also developed management strategies to further protect our sources from contamination. Please contact us at 785-5045 of you have any questions or concerns about our source protection plan.
What is Household Hazardous Waste?
By Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality
Many hazardous products and chemicals such as cleaners, oils, and pesticides are used in the home every day. When discarded, these products are called house- hold hazardous waste (HHW). HHWs are discarded materials and products that are ignitable, corrosive, reactive, toxic, or otherwise listed as hazardous by the EPA. Products used and disposed of by a typical residence may contain more than 100 hazardous substances including batteries, cleaners, cosmetics, fluorescent light bulbs, glues, heating oil, insecticides and pesticides, ink, medicines, motor oil and automotive supplies, paints, thinners, stains and varnishes, polishes, swimming pool chemicals, smoke detectors, thermometers, and fuel.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the average American household generates 20 pounds of HHW each year. As much as 100 pounds of HHW can accumulate in the home and remain there until the resident moves or undertakes a thorough "spring cleaning." Since the chemicals found in the HHW can cause soil and groundwater contamination, generate hazardous emissions at landfills, and disrupt water treatment; facilities are currently required to screen for, HHW to avoid cooperating under restrictive hazardous waste laws. Furthermore, many communities may be required to establish a HHW collection program in order to qualify for pern1its to manage storm water.
The best way to handle household hazardous materials is to completely use the product before disposing of the container. If this is not possible, then the next alternative is to return unused portions to your community household hazardous waste clean-up day. Keep products in their original package with all labels intact. If the container is leaking, place it in a thick plastic bag. Pack the products in a plastic- lined cardboard box to prevent leaks and breakage. Household waste clean-up days are for household wastes only. No industrial or commercial wastes and no containers larger than five gallons are accepted. Explosives, radioactive material, and medical wastes are also unacceptable.
HHWs can be dangerous to people and pets who come in contact with them. HHWs can endanger water supplies, damage sewage treatment systems, and cause other environmental damage. Only use the products as directed. DO NOT: Flush HMW’s down the toilet or pour down the sink or storm drain or on the ground. Contact your local health department or the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste to determine whether your community has a household hazardous waste collection program.
Identify HHWs to reduce the amount of potentially hazardous products in your home and eliminate what you throwaway by following these easy steps: 1. Before you buy, read the labels and be aware of what they mean. Also, look for these words on labels; they tell you what products my need special handling or disposal -"Caution, combustible, corrosive, danger, explosive, flammable, poison, toxic, volatile, and warning. "Select a product best suited for the job and buy only what you can use entirely.
After you buy, read label precautions and follow directions for safer use, recycle/dispose of empty containers properly, share what you can't use with friends or neighbors, store properly, use recommended amounts (more is not necessarily better), and use the child-resistant closures and keep them on tightly.
For more information, please call Division of Solids and Hazardous Waste at 801- 538-6170, Division of Drinking Water Source Protection Program at 801-536- 4200, Environmental Hotline at 1-800-458-0145, or Sonja Wallace, Pollution Prevention Coordinator at 801-536-4477.