Ditches are inspected and cleaned simultaneously with storm
sewer inspections & cleaning.
The entire ditch is not usually cleaned only the portion where
water flow is obstructed.
Ditches were constructed as a means to route water
from storm runoff to an adequate outlet.
Ditches also serve as temporary retention areas.
This allows additional time for the water drainage systems
to carry excess water during heavy rains.
Over the years, some property owners have filled in their portion
of a ditch, landscaping over top. This action is advised against,
as it often causes drainage issues.
Berm Maintenance Road edge berming of unimproved streets (no curb or gutter)
is performed where deemed necessary to protect the road edge. Residential streets are bermed a maximum of 18 inches from edge
Berming is done for the following reasons:
To support the asphalt edge of the street and prevent deterioration
To provide a smooth transition from the road edge
to the existing grade of the landscape
To prevent storm water runoff from ponding and freezing
To allow handicapped accessibility
Spot Patching The purpose of spot patching is to temporarily repair City
streets until the entire street is resurfaced or reconstructed
by the Engineering Department.
During the warmer months we use "hotmix" asphalt purchased from local asphalt plants. However, asphalt plants close during colder months and we must then
use "cold patch" compound. Cold patch is not as long-lasting as hot mix and must be replaced when feasible.
Spot patching is a continual operation
Spot patch crews check thoroughfares and residential
streets on a regular basis
Major Patching The purpose of major patching is to permanently repair
larger areas of damage in streets.