Heading into this winter season, the City Council and staff has been reviewing snow removal policies in an effort to update old written policies and adjust current procedures to be as efficient and as effective as possible with snow removal.
One of the things that has been difficult in the past years has been getting the portable “No Parking” signs put out in the downtown area early enough for people to see them and remove their vehicles from the streets in the downtown area. This year the entire downtown area, as well as both Highways 4 and 14, will be designated “Emergency Snow Routes” and parking will be prohibited when a Snow Emergency has been declared.
Permanent signs are being placed in these areas to indicate this. The portable “No Parking after Midnight Snow Removal” signs will no longer be placed along the business district. Once a snow emergency has been declared, residents will have two hours to remove their vehicles from the streets in these areas. After two hours, they will be subject to ticketing and towing.
Snow emergencies will be announced on the radio on 860 KNUJ/SAM 107.3 as well as on the City website, the Herald-Dispatch website and Facebook page, and on Sleepy Eye ONLINE and their Facebook page and Twitter account. It will be up to residents to be aware of when a snow emergency has been declared.
The downtown area consists of Second Avenue SE/NE from Walnut Street to Oak Street, First Avenue from Walnut Street to Oak Street, and Second Avenue SW/NW from Walnut to the railroad tracks, Highway 14 from Third Avenue East to Highway 4 and Oak Street from Third Avenue NE to Second Avenue NW.
Residentially, the odd/even method of plowing hasn’t been used for years. Residential streets are plowed curb to curb all at once; therefore parking on any residential street is highly discouraged. If it is absolutely necessary to park on the street and your vehicle has been plowed around it must be moved within 24 hours to an open spot on the street or it may be ticketed and towed.