City Of Minneapolis: Parkers Please Comply

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Drivers are still flooding impound lots to pick up their cars after Minneapolis and St. Paul both declared snow emergencies this past weekend. More than 581 people had their cars towed in Minneapolis and another 900 people were towed in St. Paul.

Mike Kennedy, director of Transportation and Maintenance Repair for the City of Minneapolis said the number of vehicles towed during this snow emergency were actually lower than their average numbers.

“We understand there are a few people out there that can’t comply but we really need to finish the job,” Kennedy said. “We hope people comply with the rules, especially today, day three.”

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s John Hines Reports

According to Kennedy, the city is plowing the odd-numbered side of the non-snow emergency routes. And with winter parking restrictions, that is the only place for people to park on those streets.

“During the snow emergency itself, the winter parking restrictions are not in effect and people should abide by the snow emergency rules,” Kennedy said. “Today is the day people can move their cars onto the even side and off of the odd side.”

Kennedy suggests moving your car back to the odd side of the road between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday morning because winter parking restrictions go back in effect at 8 a.m.

And with all this snow-removal comes a price tag.

“Well, our snow budget is set at $8.7 million, and we believe it will be over-extended by $3 million,” said Kennedy.

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