Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
Winter is in full effect with the latest snowstorm hitting Fort Leavenworth Jan. 11, and Fort Leavenworth entities were right behind it working to make roads and sidewalks safe.
Directorate of Public Works
The Garrison’s Directorate of Public Works is responsible for the largest portion of post.
“DPW is responsible for what we call the main arteries across post. We label it as the Red Route,” said Jerry Clark, DPW operations and maintenance manager. “That would be roads like Grant Avenue, Hancock (Avenue), (USDB) Road — the main arteries through post so people can get to an area. That is our No. 1 priority.
“Then, collectively, DPW and Garrison take care of all the gyms, child care, all your big administration buildings, Lewis and Clark (Center), (Frontier Conference Center),” he said. “The customer, whoever is in the building, has to get (the snow) to the curb. That means they are responsible for their steps, the sidewalk immediately adjacent to the facility, and then DPW takes it from there. The only sidewalks we really do are the main ones up and down Grant Avenue and the ones that get you from Hoge Barracks (Holiday Inn Express) to Lewis and Clark.”
When a winter weather event is predicted, DPW pretreats intersections and high-traffic areas with ice-melt products, Clark said. However, in cases like Jan. 10 when it rained prior, ice-melt was not put down.
“We couldn’t do any pre-treating because it just gets washed away with the rain,” Clark said.
As soon as the snow covers the ground, Clark said, the DPW crew and their 24 pieces of snow removal equipment begin working on the roads in the Red Route.
“We will stay on them through an entire event to make sure they are passable. We have to keep thoroughfares open,” Clark said. “The secondary roads — what we call our Yellow Route — and the parking lots in those associated areas, we typically wait until an event is over.
“Overall, the best effort is after an event stops,” he said.
DPW provides ice-melt to administration buildings and businesses on post. To set up a time to pick it up, call 684-7741/7747.
Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities, with partner company Barren Outdoor Solutions, is responsible for roads within the residential neighborhoods.
Like DPW, the first priority in the residential areas is the thoroughfares, said Joe Gandara, FLFHC community director.
“Then we’ll go and do curb to curb, and then come back and do sidewalks,” Gandara said.
Gandara said residents can help with the clean-up process as well.
“The residents are responsible for essentially doing their own walkways in front of their house to the front door and their own driveways,” Gandara said. “If the plows come through and leave that big pile at the end of the driveway, they are also responsible for getting rid of that.”
Barren Outdoor Solutions takes care of the driveways and walkways for the families of deployed service members, he said, but it is last priority after road, curb and sidewalk clean-up.
Additionally, Gandara said residents can help with the roads by making sure cars are off the streets.
“If they can get their vehicles off the road that helps immensely because, otherwise, you have piles of snow in front of or behind the vehicle, and you have to miss it and go around it,” Gandara said. “Sometimes they have no choice (to park on the road) because they have no alternative, but they can move it temporarily when they see the snow plows coming, and then put the vehicle back.”
Arlene Ozores, FLFHC assistant community director, said removing trash and recycling bins from the curb helps with cleaning the roads, too, if the weather hits around pick-up days.
The residential areas are also pretreated with ice-melt product before a storm hits. Then, Barren Outdoor Solutions initially begins cleaning roads when there is at least two inches of accumulation.
“That initial thoroughfare on all the roads is what we’ll do while it is snowing,” Gandara said. “Once it stops snowing is when we’ll do the rest.”
Residents can purchase a 50-pound bag of ice-melt at the Self-Help Store, 800 W. Warehouse Road, for $18. While it is possible that ice-melt could be cheaper at other places, Ozores said the product sold at the Self-Help Store is preferred.
“This ice-melt is of a brand or type that is better on our sidewalks and driveways,” Ozores said. “What we’re supplying here is something that we feel is the better product for our homes.”
The snow removal policies for Michaels Military Housing and FLFHC are published in the resident handbook.
Unified School District 207, Frontier Community Credit Union, Armed Forces Insurance, Army National Bank and Holiday Inn Express are responsible for their own parking lots and sidewalks.
“They are all private entities,” Clark said.