CIVIC BEAT // City: Its snow time

If November’s slushy snowstorm wasn’t enough of a reminder, it’s snow emergency season in Minneapolis.   

The city can declare a snow emergency whenever Winter Operations Director Mike Kennedy decides there’s enough snow on the streets to warrant a full plow. The first emergency of the season was declared Nov. 13, catching some residents off guard.  

When a snow emergency is declared, parking restrictions go into effect so plows can do their jobs.  Snow emergencies are announced no later than 6 p.m. on any given day and the restrictions begin at 9 p.m. on the day of declaration.

Here’s a quick overview of the parking rules:

Day 1

Parking is allowed on both sides of streets not marked as snow emergency routes. Parking is prohibited on streets marked as snow emergency routes until they are fully cleared.   

Day 2

Starting at 8 a.m., parking is limited to the odd side of non-snow emergency routes. Parking is allowed on both sides of snow emergency routes. 

Day 3

Starting at 8 a.m., parking is limited to the even side of non-snow emergency routes. Parking is allowed on both sides of snow emergency routes. 

When a street is plowed curb-to-curb, regardless of what day of the emergency it is, parking is allowed on both sides. Improperly parked vehicles will end up in the Minneapolis impound lot. 

Residents can check for snow emergencies online at ci.minneapolis.mn.us/snow or by calling 348-7669 (348-SNOW). The city also offers e-mail alerts, phone alerts and Facebook and Twitter pages devoted to snow emergencies.   

The city also requires residents to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall. The city urges residents to limit salt use to prevent runoff from contaminating lakes, creeks and the river. Free sand is available 24 hours a day at 6036 Harriet Ave. S., 1809 Washington Ave. S. and near Longfellow Avenue and 27th Street. Residents need to bring their own pail and shovel.

For more information on shoveling rules, go to ci.minneapolis.mn.us/sidewalks. 

Public hearing set for 2011 budget and tax levy

Minneapolis will host its second public hearing on its proposed 2011 budget and tax levy Dec. 13 in room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street. 

The City Council will vote that day to adopt the budget, which Mayor R.T. Rybak introduced in August. The budget focuses on safety, infrastructure improvements and building the economy. A series of cuts are planned if state aid is reduced, as it has been during the last three years. The full budget can be found at ci.minneapolis.mn.us/city-budget. 

The city has also proposed a 7.5-percent increase in the property tax levy to cover pension debt, recertification of Tax Increment Financing Districts and state-aid reductions. The levy increase means double-digit property tax increases for Minneapolis residents.  

The council will vote on the levy Dec. 13.

STEP-UP program accepting applications

The city’s STEP-UP program, which places youth age 14 to 21 in paid internships at local businesses, is now accepting applications for the summer of 2011.

Most participants work part-time for up to nine weeks and earn between $7.25 and $10 an hour. The application deadline is Feb. 4. Selected participants must be able to take part in work readiness training in April. 

For more information, contact Tammy Dickinson at 673-5041 or tammy.dickinson@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.