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Monday, October 15, 2007

Fall Street Sweeping

The City's Street Maintenance Division is about to start fall street sweeping. Posting of streets will begin on Monday, October 22, with sweeping beginning on Tuesday, October 23.

The City's website will feature the “Street Lookup,” where you can see the sweeping schedule online to learn exactly when your street is scheduled for cleaning. It will be available by Monday, October 22 at the latest.

The schedule dates shown on the web based mapping application can sometimes change due to weather or other unforeseen factors. Public Works does its best to keep these schedule changes to an absolute minimum. Residents are always responsible to be aware of any parking restrictions, and move their vehicles when needed.

Vehicles parked on city streets in violation of temporary no parking signs will be towed to the Minneapolis Municipal Impound Lot. Call 311 to find out whether or not a vehicle has been towed. The Impound Lot is located at 51 Colfax Avenue North; this is west of Lyndale Avenue, two blocks south of Glenwood Avenue. Watch for directional signs. Fees are $138.00 for towing and $18.00 a day for storage. The Impound Lot accepts cash, personal checks, Visa and MasterCard. In addition to towing and storage charges, there is a $34.00 ticket for the parking violation.

Please note the new Impound Lot hours of operation effective October 14, 2007. They are:
· Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.,
· Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions and/or concerns may also be referred to the Street Maintenance Department at 673-5720.


At 1:50 PM, Blogger Andy said...

I'm still hoping that the city will implement a text-message/e-mail warning system for street sweeping, similar to the one that exists for snow emergencies. People would enter their street address, or the addresses of streets they typically park on, and the system could be programmed to send out alerts according to the schedule. I would imagine that this could be implemented with a pretty minimal amount of programming.

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Robin Garwood said...


Thanks for the comment. I've passed it along to Mike Kennedy, the appropriate staff person in Public Works.

What I've heard back is that the Snow Emergency list is not "geo-coded" - we don't know where folks live from their emails. It would therefore be impossible to use that list to send specific, targeted emails to residents ("your street will be swept this Monday," etc).

I've asked that he explore a more general email to the Snow Emergency list ("street sweeping has begun - to see when your street is scheduled to be swept, go here"). Another option to explore is using the Recycling e-update, which certainly must be geo-coded.

Again, thanks for the suggestion. Perhaps we'll have something set up next street sweeping season.

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Robin said...


This issue shows the impact that one interested person with a good idea can have.

In response to my email, which in turn was in response to your comment, Mike Kennedy put out an email to the Snow Emergency list directing people to the Street Sweeping website.

Thanks again for commenting - people's ideas really makes a difference.


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