Trash and recycling collection will be suspended on Thursday and Friday so these drivers are available to plow snow. Specifically, this means no trash or recycling pickup on Thursday, Feb. 17 and Friday, Feb. 18. Residents with Thursday and Friday trash pickup days will be allowed to place four bags out next week. Curbside recycling is unlimited.
All drivers are reminded to exercise caution, especially around snowplow operators, allow extra travel time, and park off-street where possible, or on the north and west sides of neighborhood streets. Parking cars on only one side of residential streets will help plows clear your streets faster and more completely. Please avoid parking on streets where there are streetcar tracks, or along corridors with frequent transit service, if other parking options exist.
City Hall will conduct normal business virtually on Thursday, although the regular council meeting will still be open to the public.
The City will enact its extreme weather plan to protect houseless residents when the daytime high is below 32 degrees, or the overnight low is less than 20 degrees. The forecast calls for such conditions starting Thursday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 19, at which point the overnight overflow center will be used when shelters are full. In addition, two warming buses will be in service during the day, one managed by Hope Faith and one spare KCI airport shuttle bus. The City’s ten Community Centers will also double as warming centers during business hours. Visit kcmo.gov/cold for more information.
The City has strategically upgraded its snow operations plan to include:
- Adding 50 additional vehicles and 100 additional drivers to the snow removal operation
- Proactive pretreatment of roads in advance of snow and ice events
- Instituting a more aggressive approach to snow removal on residential streets with overnight shifts and curb to curb snow removal
- Plowing multi-lane arterial streets with multiple trucks working in tandem to make sure the street is fully cleared on the first pass
- Using new technology to improve operations including turn by turn and GPS navigation of plow routes
- Deploying “ice ban”, a new type of blue salt that works in lower temperatures and is far less corrosive to vehicles
- Improving communication and coordination during snow operations
300 snow removal vehicles will be out 24 hours a day until the streets are fully cleared.