Snow Slows Daily Routines
Snowfall and sub-zero temperatures this week shook up schedules for families and businesses around Broomfield.
City-run events Wednesday evening were put on ice, and Broomfield public school start times were delayed two hours, along with city offices.
An Evening with the Schiff Dance Collective, an event planned for Wednesday at the Broomfield Auditorium, was cancelled, but Cultural Affairs Operations Coordinator Cheryl German said they were hoping to reschedule the free event — likely in March.
Between 4 and 7 inches of snow fell with this storm, according to the National Weather Service.
Broomfield police said at least 13 crashes were reported to the department, according to Sgt. Steve Griebel. Since the county was on accident alert from 5 p.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m. Thursday, some accidents may not have yet been reported.
During those times, police ask residents report a crash when alcohol is involved or someone is injured. Otherwise, motorists can exchange information and report within a few days.
“Last night was pretty quiet,” Griebel said Thursday. “Roads are still slick obviously, and we’re urging people to slow down and keep distance around other cars.”
There was one roll-over crash reported on I-25, he said, but it involved only a minor injury.
Last week the department ran a “Don’t be a Puffer” campaign aimed at discouraging people from leaving vehicles running unattended. Officers made a point to knock on doors where vehicles sat in the driveway, engine running, to remind them that car thieves are on the look for easy targets.
“It’s a bad habit,” Griebel said. “Every city is getting cars stolen because of this.”
During “puffer week” officers gave out 157 warnings, he said, and no citations were issued.
“Unfortunately that week, we did have one auto theft occur to a vehicle that was left outside running,” he said. ” It happened over at Front Range Mobile Home Community.”
While officers don’t want to blame victims for this behavior, they also want to stress that cars with engines running are at risk.
“In Broomfield, the mindset is it’s a quiet, safe town and nothing bad can happen to me,” Griebel said. “That’s just not reality, unfortunately.”
Police do not enforce snow clearance, but as a reminder, residents are asked to shovel snow from sidewalks and curbs as soon as reasonably possible and no later than noon the day after the snowfall, according to the city’s municipal code.
Jeff Wells, superintendent of street services, said 14 plows were deployed for priority routes 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and another 8 contracted units were deployed for residential streets at 3 p.m.
Broomfield has added two more plows since last year, which is making routes shorter and drive times shorter.
Residential plows are not deployed for every snowfall, Wells said, but only when four inches or more accumulate.
“We only do one pass down the center of residential streets,” he said. “The purpose is to ensure emergency vehicles have access down the street.”
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