Maintenance of public alleys begins in the spring and continues throughout the summer with the application and grading of rotten granite. Some alleys may require more frequent attention due to drainage problems or heavy usage. Residents can call 261-6960 if their alley needs attention.

Some alleys are paved and if property owners are interested in having their alley paved they should contact the Engineering Department at 261-6740. Property owners do pay a special assessment when an alley is paved.

City crews do not, under any circumstances, plow alleys. The City’s fleet of large snow plowing equipment would undoubtedly cause damage to garages, fences, yards, trees, power poles, etc. Furthermore, snow plowing and removal efforts are concentrated on maintaining the approximately 236 miles of city streets in a timely manner. Staff and equipment are simply not available to plow snow from alleys.