Snow, Tree, and Leaf Removal
Snow Removal Procedures
Overnight snow falls, measured by the Supervisor at 4:00 a.m., of four (4) inches or more will initiate City snow plowing routes. In accordance with City Code 6-2-2 (D), streets, avenues, etc. running east-west will be plowed prior to 12:00 noon of the same day and streets running north-south will be plowed after 12:00 noon. Emergency and Priority routes may be plowed out of sequence regardless of direction of travel due to hazardous winter time conditions. Snow removal in areas with curbside parking, other than the downtown business district, will not begin until 8:00 a.m. unless emergency situations warrant earlier plowing. The following are the City of Whitefish Emergency & Priority Snow Routes:
Emergency Snow Route:
|Baker Avenue||W. 19th Street to Edgewood Place|
|Columbia Avenue||E. 7th Street to E. 13th Street|
|E. 2nd Street||Spokane Avenue to E. Edgewood Place|
|Pine Avenue||E. 2nd Street to E. 7th Street|
|7th Street||Columbia Avenue to Muldown School|
|W. 13th Street||Baker Avenue to Columbia Avenue|
|J.P. Road||Hwy. 93 to Whitefish River Bridge|
|River Lakes Parkway||J.P. Road to Hospital Way|
|Hospital Way||River Lakes Parkway to Hwy. 40|
|W. 7th Street||Baker Avenue to Karrow Avenue|
|Karrow Avenue||W. 2nd Street to W. 7th Street|
|Edgewood Place||Wisconsin Avenue to Washington Avenue|
|E. Edgewood Place||Wisconsin Avenue to E. Texas Avenue|
|Dakota Avenue||Edgewood Place to Glenwood Road|
|Glenwood Road||Dakota Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue|
|State Park Road||Hwy. 93 W. to W. Lakeshore Drive|
|Texas Avenue||E. Edgewood Drive to Denver Street|
|Denver Avenue||Texas Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue|
Priority Snow Route:
|1st Priority||Emergency Routes|
|2nd Priority||Collector & Commercial Streets|
|3rd Priority||Residential Streets|
|4th Priority||Cul-de-sacs & Parking Lots|
Please Be Patient
The City has 6 snowplows and 1 grader to clear approximately 62 miles of roads and alleys. The Public Works Department has 8 employees available for snow removal operations. If snowfall or freezing rain resumes before we've gotten to your street, it probably means we've had to start over on 1st priority streets again.
Parking on Street
The more cars off the street, the faster and better job we can do clearing the roadway. If you have a driveway, please use it! If not, please move your vehicle in accordance with the following in mind: running east-west will be plowed prior to 12:00 noon streets running north-south will be plowed after 12:00 noon
How the Public Can Help
To report areas that are in need of immediate plowing or sanding, call 406-863-2460 or 406-863-2457 or email. If you reach voice mail, please leave address/location and a phone number to call back if needed.
During plowing operations, equipment operators will try to refrain from piling excess snow near or around fire hydrants. The Public Works Department will schedule snow clearing from around fire hydrants after other snow removal obligations are fulfilled. In the meantime, the Fire Department and Whitefish residents are encouraged to assist with clearing snow and ice from around fire hydrants. Ideally, fire hydrants should be cleared of snow and ice so as to create a four (4) foot clearance in all directions, and a three (3) foot wide path should be cleared from the fire hydrant to the street or public space so that the Fire Department personnel have unimpeded access to the fire hydrant.
It is inevitable that driveways will be blocked during plowing operations. We're sorry for this inconvenience, but please be understanding that it can't be avoided. Snow removal can be a monumental task with our limited equipment, and Street crews will do their best around the clock to get the roads cleared.
For More Information please refer to the City of Whitefish Snow Removal & Ice Control Manual.
Snow Removal on Sidewalks & Trails
The City of Whitefish Parks & Recreation Department maintains all sidewalks along City property in addition to City bicycle/pedestrial trails. To report areas that are in need of immediate plowing or sanding, call 406-863-2470 or email.
Removal of snow or ice on sidewalks in front of homes or businesses is the responsibility of the property owner. To report a hazardous situation, call 406-863-2410 or email for code enforcement.
Leaf Removal- 2016 Schedule
Bagged leaf pickup will be extended until December 2nd.
Please call the Public Works Department at 406-863-2460 or 2457 or email if your bags or not picked up within 2 weeks.
Please adhere to the following guidelines:
- All leaves must be bagged and securely tied. Gags weight more than 25 pounds will not be picked up. Please, do not place animal waste or refuse products into the bags.
- Bags of leaves for pick-up are to be stacked on the nearest boulevard. If there is not access to a boulevard, bags may be set a minimum of 10' from the nearest refuse container. City employees will not enter onto private property to retrieve bagged leaves.
- Do not rake leaves into the street.
- Do not place leaves into any City refuse container.
The City encourages all residents to compost leaves and yard debris.
The City of Whitefish Parks & Recreation Department maintains all trees in City Parks or on City property in addition to trees in boulevards. If you would like to report a tree that needs trimminig or removal, please call 406-863-2470 or email.