EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Joe Mass blows snow from 10th Avenue into a truck driven by Tim Evans on Thursday in Menominee.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard

Joe Mass blows snow from 10th Avenue into a truck driven by Tim Evans on Thursday in Menominee.

MENOMINEE — Another bout of snow is set to hit Menominee this afternoon. Menominee’s Department of Public Works has been working hard not just plowing the snow we have but removing it and storing it elsewhere.

City Manager Tony Graff said the DPW has six plows equipped with bottom scrapers, as well as a front-end loader, several pickups, an auger and a heavy-duty snowblower for clearing off the sidewalks. Graff also said that one of their most valued tools at the moment, in addition to these, is the “power of the sun.”

Graff said the equipment is in good shape, however the equipment is still relatively old. “The auger is over 20 years old,” he said, “and fortunately it only broke down once this year. We were able to have parts manufactured for it to fix it.” He also said that the plows themselves are about five years old.

He also said the city’s purchase of their front-end loader was a life-saver. According to Graff, if the city hadn’t made the purchase, they’d likely have to rent one or outsource the work to someone else. This would raise even more difficulties for the city, since he said that there’s a high demand for snow removal right now, so it would be difficult to get a company to do this kind of work for the city. 

Since Tuesday, he said the DPW crew has been regularly coming in around 2 a.m. trimming down the large snowbanks around town. He said Menominee has several places that are used as storage sites for the snow they remove. “Every little place helps,” he said.

The public lay-down yard used for brush during the warmer months is one of the primary places for snow storage. Graff also said that some of the unused areas of city parks are also used. “We don’t go into the main parts of the parks, just areas that aren’t being used,” he said. There are also certain property owners in town who allow the city to store snow on parts of their property that aren’t in use, however Graff said those areas haven’t been needed yet this year.

After the snow from this weekend is taken care of, Graff said the next target for the DPW is fixing up the potholes. “With the snow gone, we’re starting to see them more, and by Thursday we’ll hopefully be working on them,” he said.