Some sidewalks still snow, ice-covered despite proactive inspections by Minneapolis Public Works crews

March 14, 2019 06:13 PM

Clark Miller spent hours Thursday chopping and scraping at the ice-covered sidewalk in front of his Minneapolis business.

Miller has cleared snow away after each storm, but the warmer weather has created a new issues for property owners - snow that has been shoveled melts and refreezes to the ground.


"This is about the worst for the combination of snow and ice and rain that I've seen," Miller said as he took a break from the work.

The newly-formed ice has residents, specifically in the Uptown area, calling on homeowners and businesses to take the extra time to scrap it away.

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Christina Miller, who lives in the area, says she has taken several spills on ice that was hidden underneath melted water.

"I'm actually more afraid to walk to my car than I am to drive my car now," Miller said.

She's reported several spots through Minneapolis 311 system. The city's public works department recommends residents use the portal when they see areas covered in snow and ice.

This year, public works took a proactive stance on shovel enforcement, inspecting tens of thousands of properties across the city over the span of the winter months.

Records show during the 2018-19 winter, the city discovered 1,323 violations and issued 1,263 work orders to contractors to clear snow and ice. The city then charges homeowners for that work, a bill that can be anywhere from $150 to $300.

Miller says feels for her neighbors, but she's grown increasingly frustrated with the state of sidewalks.

"We all have winter fatigue and there's snow fatigue and some people can't keep up with it, but at the same time they need to clear down to the pavement," Miller said.


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