Petition circulating to change St. Paul's snow plow policy

February 17, 2019 02:10 PM

A petition is circulating throughout one St. Paul neighborhood to get the city to change its plowing ordinance. 

Kathy Czech started the petition after suffering through a number of winters. 

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"I don't like that in Saint Paul we can have a snowfall that will stop by 5 pm and they don’t do anything about it until the following evening, if they even do it then," she said.

The city operates on a night and day plow system.

RELATED: City of St. Paul clears residential areas with 72 plows

Night plow routes run from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. the day a snow emergency is declared. All main streets and some north/south residential streets are plowed. Day plow routes go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after a snow emergency is declared. All east/west residential streets and remaining north-south residential streets are plowed.

The city of St. Paul doesn't plow residential streets unless there is a snow emergency. And they won't declare one until three inches of snow has fallen.

Czech sent out her call for signatures earlier this week. Right now she has 522 with 196 comments.

Czech lives off of Hillcrest Avenue and Davern Street, and says she has been stuck multiple times right at her intersection. Her family has had to help motorists who get stuck at the intersection as well. 

"Unacceptable," she said. "We also pay an additional tax for road maintenance and so it's a safety issue."

KSTP tried to speak with the city, however, no one was available for an interview. 

Czech said she trying to get 1,000 signatures before she moves forward with trying to meet with the city of St. Paul.

 

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