The city has 46.73 miles of streets! Alleys, sidewalks and rights of way are additional parts of the street system. The Street Department provides maintenance on the street system, including striping, street sign repair and replacement, crack sealing, chip sealing, shoulder work, tree trimming, irrigation system repair, pot hole repair, crosswalk signs, striping and flags; culvert cleaning, road sweeping and snow plowing. The department inspects all utility work done in city rights of way and any other work done under an encroachment permit, and inspects street system infrastructure associated with new subdivision developments.
Park maintenance is also provided by the Street Department and includes mowing, repair of playground equipment, rubbish removal, upkeep of restroom facilities and assistance with community projects and major events.
A 6-inch snow event costs about $16,000 for snow removal activity. Since the city never knows how much snow to expect in a given winter and the budget is limited to just a few snow events, the city focuses on two main goals: 1) keep the roads safe, and 2) keep the main roads and sidewalks open for traffic. In general, the city's snow removal policy includes the following:
More details are included in the Snow Removal Policy below:
Submit an Encroachment Permit application. An application fee is required at the time of submittal ($50 for a residential application, $75 for a commercial application). The city will review the application and prepare the permit. Inspection fees will be invoiced to the applicant, and are due when the permit is issued.
If the encroachment application is for a drywell, then the Idaho Department of Water Resources Shallow Injection Well Inventory application must also be submitted.
An encroachment is any excavation, digging, paving, landscaping, and construction of an improvement or placement of personal property within an Easement or Right of Way. Encroachments include, but are not limited to, fences, sidewalks, driveways, mailboxes, newspaper boxes, utility boxes and poles, trees, shrubs, grass, sprinklers and other landscaping improvements.
Right of way means any property owned by or dedicated to the city for the purposes of providing city services and general circulation to the public. Such rights of way include, but are not limited to, the following: public streets and the space between those streets and private property lines, alleys and sidewalks.
An easement is any right created by grant, reservation, agreement, prescription or necessary implication in favor of the city to use the land of another, including but not limited to easements for vehicular access and utilities.
The only items approved to be in a right of way or easement are: 1) driveway, 2) drainage, 3) grass, and 4) gravel.
Some items that are not to be in a right of way or easement are: 1) berms, 2) shrubs, 3) trees, 4) landscaping, 5) walls, 6) fences, and 7) large rocks.
City crews, such as emergency responders, police, and snow removal, must have access to public streets and areas. It also poses a danger to the general public. All persons doing work in the city rights of way must obtain an Encroachment Permit prior to starting any project. The company or person signing the permit is responsible for all clean up of the right of way after the project is completed. All projects done in the right of way must have a final inspection done before the city will sign off on the Encroachment Permit or before any certificate of occupancy is issued.
It varies, because street rights of way vary. If a street right of way is 60 feet wide, an approximate measurement to the property line is 18 feet from the edge of the pavement. This 18 feet belongs to the city. If a street right of way is 80 feet wide, the approximate measurement is 28 feet from the edge of the pavement. This 28 feet belongs to the city. If a street right of way measures 100 feet wide, the approximate measurement is 38 feet from the edge of the pavement. This 38 feet belongs to the city. Call the Public Works Department at 788-9830, ext. 20 to get general information on your street right of way. However, the most accurate way to find your property line is to have it professionally surveyed to locate the property pins.
A 10 foot snow storage and easement is reserved beyond all 60', 80' and 100' street rights of way. Nothing may be placed or constructed in this area, not limited to and including trees, pavers and berms without prior consent of the Street Superintendent.
All barrow pits must retain designed flow for drainage purposes. All landscaping, construction debris or fill dirt blocking or obstructing the flow of the barrow pits will be removed before a certificate of occupancy will be issued on all dwellings.
All trenches dug within 4 feet of a paved road or across a paved road must be compacted to 95% of proctor and will be guaranteed for 3 years. This includes all trenching in barrow pits in the city right of way. All landscaping and barrow pits will be returned to as good as or better condition as they were before being disturbed. All projects within the city right of way need to be inspected by the city.
The city recognizes there are areas throughout town with less-than-ideal drainage. These areas are most evident during spring snowmelt or after a major rain event. The city has a limited budget for installing new drywells; this work is done on a priority basis only, from a list of know problem areas. To report a drainage concern, call 788-9830, ext. 20.
Street Division Manager
Phone: 788-5965 ext.10