Crystal Considers Taking on Public Sidewalk Snow Removal

February 25, 2018 10:48 PM

Many might be nursing a sore back after all the snow that fell over the weekend.

Shoveling can be back-breaking work, but soon some Twin Cities residents may not have to worry about clearing snow from their sidewalks.


The city of Crystal is considering taking on the responsibility of removing snow from all public sidewalks. Crystal already cleans some sidewalks if they are close to the street.

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City leaders say they have the equipment, and that any additional labor cost would be paid by an existing snow removal fund.

"If the residents really feel this is important service to them and we can afford it, there's nothing that (says) we can't try it," Crystal City Council Member Julie Deshler said.

Some Crystal residents say they like the idea.

"That's a big undertaking to get the city to do it," homeowner Angelo Montanari said. "They already do all the roads and stuff. I'd appreciate it."

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Homeowners would still be responsible for their driveway and the walk to their front door. 

If the ordinance is approved, the city would take over sidewalk snow removal next winter. 


Joe Mazan

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