The City Street Foreman and the Street Department personnel repair, maintain, cleaning and remove snow form City Streets and maintain City alleys. This includes the cleaning and general maintenance of the City storm sewer and storm sewer inlets. They also perform support services for other Public Works Departments as well as supporting local snow removal and Right-Of-Way (ROW) mowing and maintenance.
For a seasonal breakdown of tasks performed by the department please click on a heading below.
Snow removal is the top priority.
Tree trimming along streets, avenues and alleys where branches or shrubbery hang into the driving lanes or alleys.
We remove snow from sidewalks at the following locations:
Sanding of streets, avenues and sidewalks are sanded with washed and screened sand that meets City specifications mixed with rock salt. City of Jamestown Law Enforcement may request sanding in specific areas. Public inquiries relating to street sanding should be directed to the Law Enforcement Center.
The Street Department does not remove snow in residential alley ways. The Sanitation Department is in charge of alley snow removal.
The street sweeping program starts as soon as weather permits. The heavily sanded areas are swept first along with the previous year's paving district area. The Downtown area gets swept every Friday and residential areas are done on a rotating basis.
Catch basins and culverts are steamed out as weather dictates along with late snow removal for proper drainage of streets and avenues.
The unused portion of sand and salt used for the winter season is hauled out to storage until the next season.
Pot hole patching is done with cold mix begins until the hot mix plant opens. Then, the hot mix is used to repair streets where water main breaks and any other winter street damage may have occurred.
Mowing of large city owned lots and ditches begin as the weather allows and continues until the freeze up.
If the city-wide clean-up is scheduled, it is usually in the middle of May. The Street Department handles the majority of this effort along with crews from the Sanitation Department.
The sweeping program is started with the city area being split in half. The department has two sweepers, one takes the NE and the NW area and the other sweeps the SE and SW area. Every Friday morning as weather allows, one sweeper comes in around 4:00 a.m. to sweep the downtown area and other high traffic areas.
All the city alleys are bladed in the spring when they dry out from the winter season. During the summer, the alley ways are bladed and graveled as needed.
Gravel roads within the city are maintained similar to the alleys. The use of ground asphalt is used to help control dust problems.
The Street Department assists other Departments by hauling cover materials to the Landfill, to moving dirt in and out of the Civic Center for the Bull-a-rama, to putting up and taking down the Christmas tree at the Civic Center.
The Street Department handles traffic control for the Fire and Police Departments as requested. The department removes dead animals for the Animal Control Department and removes dead trees and/or branches for the Forestry Department as requested.
As the fall season approaches, the sweepers pick up leaves and the equipment is serviced and repaired to gear up for the winter season.
The Sign Department is part of the Street Department and is responsible for maintaining street lights, traffic signals, street striping, curb painting, traffic control for special events, and most of the city signage. The banners downtown and the Christmas decorations are also taken care of by the Sign Department.
To report a street light outage, please call City Hall and give the location of the light. We can only replace eyes and bulbs. If there is a wire break it is reported to Otter Tail Power Company for repairs. This can sometimes take longer to repair.