Northern State University’s relatively compact campus collected an astonishing amount of snow over the weekend and set the week’s agenda for the university’s snow-moving crew.
Northern’s five-member clearing crew began to clear lots before the Dec. 9 Holiday Extravaganza concert and continued throughout the day, said Monte Mehlhoff, NSU director of facilities management.
This week, they’ve cleaned sidewalks and hauled approximately 150 truckloads of snow to Northern’s storage area south of campus.
Snow was mostly cleared away by Thursday, but two-way rows of icy footprints remained frozen to walkways. Since Saturday, crews have coated lots and sidewalks with a total of 2,500 pounds of salt, Mehlhoff said.
“It takes all week to get the sidewalks cleaned off if the ground is warm when the snow hits,” said Mehlhoff.
Mehlhoff said he hadn’t heard of any fender-benders in the lots or people falling because of the ice and snow. “The only issue we’ve had is with goofy parking in the Washington Street lot because there’s no center island,” he said.
“Our guys do a good job of snow removal – they get on it as fast as they can.”