At some point this winter – one of the snowiest winters in recent memory – you’ve probably found yourself asking: where are all the snow plows?

But you might be surprised to learn that the answer is at your fingertips.

(Jason Sorenson, Asst. Director of Public Works) “It’s on the computer, it’s available. People can see where they’re at and try to get an idea as to when they might be in their area.”

(Tim Olson, KX News) The City of Minot has attached GPS chips to nearly all of its big machines.

(Sorenson) “It’s a little module that goes on each vehicle.”

(Olson) And with just a few clicks on the city’s website, you can find out where exactly they’re working. And the tracking system is on every garbage truck, too.

(Sorenson) “You’ll see a lot of stop signs when you view it on the computer screen – and that shows every place that they’ve stopped to pick up a garbage can.”

(Olson) Assistant Director of Public Works Jason Sorenson says the GPS tool isn’t just convenient – it also keeps the city and its employees accountable.

(Sorenson) “Every seven seconds, that module checks in and it gives the GPS location and the speed it was going. Just kind of a safety thing for our guys to make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to and working where they’re supposed to.”

In Minot, Tim Olson, KX News.

CLICK HERE to track Minot’s snow plows. CLICK HERE to track the garbage trucks.

By the way, trash collection in Minot will soon undergo some pretty significant changes.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the first steps you’ll need to take on the road to automation.