When a good snowfall hits people want to know they will be able to get to work and their kids won’t miss school, and Dickinson’s Public Works Department has some shiny new toys for making sure that happens.
The snow might be melting, but Dickinson knows what a good snowfall looks like with more than 16 inches during Christmas last year.
“Of course with that significant snowfall and the winds, everybody was overwhelmed,” said Gary Zuroff, Dickinson Public Works Director
Zuroff also knows how the area has grown since the oil boom.
“We have had 10 employees in the street department since 2010. At that time they were maintaining 25 miles, now they are maintaining 48 miles,” said Zuroff.
To address the growing population in the area, the Dickinson Public Works Department has upgraded its snow removal fleet, so residents can get to work on time and their kids can get to school.
“Its quite a bit easier cause now one person can plow as wide as two people could in the past.
We can also spread the salt behind us. In the past we had to have two plow operators plus a sand truck behind us,” said Darryl Wehner, Chief Street Maintenance Operator for Dickinson
Wehner also said the trucks allow them to get residential areas faster.
“Now we try to get to residential more. A few more people helps. Better equipment,” said Wehner.
Dickinson resident, Chris Magelky, said she appreciates the work the department does.
“I don’t know how much the fancy equipment helps them. They know . . . but they do a good job as far as im concerned,” said Magelky.
The department said that safety is always a main priority for them, and they are looking to hire more people to keep the roads safe.
Dickinson Public Works has no plans to purchase any more new machines in the near future, but they have an equipment plan in place to make sure the plows are ready to go as soon as the snow hits the ground.