Minneapolis Cracks Down On Shoveling Scofflaws

By Telly Mamayek, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Not everyone is doing a good job keeping their sidewalks clear of all of the snow we’ve gotten this winter.

In Minneapolis, city officials say there have been hundreds of violations of the city ordinance that requires business and homeowners to shovel their sidewalks.

Mike Kennedy, director of Transportation, Maintenance and Repair for the Minneapolis Public Works Department, says it’s tough to keep up with all of the requests for service.

“You know, we only have so many resources, so many staff in the winter that can address all of the snow and ice and all of the winter needs that we do,” said Kennedy. “It’s kind of a competition for resources.”

So far this season, the city has sent out 2,600 warning letters and followed up with second inspections at 1,300 addresses. Those have resulted in 400 work orders that public works crews are now beginning to fulfill.

“It’s a problem that’s citywide,” said Kennedy.

Under the ordinance, sidewalks on all sides of a property need to be shoveled the full width of the sidewalk down to the pavement. Violators face a $100 fine plus the bill for clearing the sidewalk if public works crews do the work. That bill can range from $50 to $300.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Telly Mamayek Reports

  • M

    How about plowing the 4 inches of snow that has been on my road and alley for the past two weeks? I get out and shovel all my required walks within 24 hours of a snow storm. I cannot use a budget deficit as an excuse. Just because you en stated an emergency parking order doesn’t mean you can just stop plowing roads.

    • angryshovel

      No kidding. I made the same comment to my wife yesterday. It’s total BS
      I have gotten that letter 2x now even after a trip to the ER. My street hasn’t been plowed to the cement? I think ill do it and send them the bill.

    • Tough Stanley

      Better yet, I ice my sidewalk and kick back with a beer and my video camera while the idiot passers by do faceplants and splits to my amusement! I have done this twice this winter so far…it’s comic gold!!!

  • Bill

    While I think there are plenty of private citizens that could do a better job of clearing their sidewalks, it would also be nice if the city actually did their job too. What I mean by that is year in and year out the city of Minneapolis does a fairly poor job of keeping streets clear. It would be one thing if it just took a bit for the side streets to be cleared, but the sheer number of times I’ve driven on 35W this winter where its clear the plows have not been through is ridiculous. Also I don’t think there has been a single winter that I’ve been here that the plows actually plow the width of the street, in effect turning multiple streets into one-ways. Please Minneapolis, get your act together.

    • Bobby

      I don’t believe the City of Minneapolis has anything to do with 35W. That’s a state road, not a city road.

  • b g

    Who is responsible for shoveling the corners out to the street. At 46th and Park it’s almost impossible to cross the street without being a mountain goat. Aren’t the corner lot property owners supposed to do that too?

  • Build it

    You are correct Bobby, 35W is a federal interstate, MnDot is responsible for that, not Minneapolis. For those complaining about street corners, alleys,
    etc. Get out and do it – ask your neighbors to help clear the corners. If you have a snow blower, run it down the alley a few house on either side of your home.
    Work together a little. And don’t for get the fire hydrants. I suppose you expect
    the fire department to do that for you too.

  • Bandit

    I Blame George Bush.

    • ImThinking

      To Bandit:
      LOL…Thanks for the laught ; )

  • Sgt

    When I lived in St Paul when the Holloween Storm hit my little Street lost 11 feet of street why can t they plow to the curb. In my little town in East Central MN they get with in a foot of the curb.

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