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Snowplowing Info

Snowplowing Info

Snow/Ice Street Maintenance Policy

A City response to snowfall and ice accumulation on City streets is necessary for safe, routine travel and efficient emergency operations. Please pay close attention to snow fall amounts and contact the City to find out if a snow emergency has been declared. 

Snow Emergency Policy

Who determines if there will be a snow emergency?
A Public Services employee who is currently on-duty or an on-duty Police Officer will measure any current snow fall at the Public Works Facility parking lot when there appears to be an accumulation of 2 inches or more. If 2 or more inches have fallen in a single “snow event,” then the Public Services employee or Police Officer will report to the Public Services Director or Police Chief and a snow emergency will be declared.

When can a snow emergency be declared?
Residents will be notified of a snow emergency declaration before 10:00 p.m. in order for the snow emergency to be effective at 12:00 midnight.

How will residents be notified that a snow emergency has been declared?
Once the City declares a snow emergency is in effect, residents can be notified through various means. These include:

A) An official snow emergency declaration banner will appear on the City’s website on the home page. You can log on to www.discoverosseo.com to check for potential snow emergency events.
B) Residents who opt into the email notification system will receive an email from the City alerting them to a snow emergency declaration. If you would like to receive email alerts from the City, please log on to the City’s website and in the middle of the home page is a section where you can type your email address. Please note: your email address will not be used for any purpose other than sharing important City alerts. Your email address will be secure and not sold to any third parties.
C) The City will also post all snow emergencies on the City’s Facebook page and Twitter account. To get snow emergency notifications via Facebook, search “Discover Osseo” and like our page. You can also follow the City’s Twitter account (@CityofOsseo). The City will post snow emergency notifications and link to our website for further information.
D) The City will alert WCCO Television to include the Osseo snow emergency on its scrolling notification bar.
E) A phone recording, declaring that the City of Osseo has declared a snow emergency, will be activated when residents call the City SNOW EMERGENCY hotline (763-425-SNOW or 763-425-7669).
How long does a typical Osseo snow emergency last and what are the parking restrictions?
When a snow emergency has been officially declared, residents are not allowed to park vehicles on the public street starting at 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m. in the morning. Residents will then be allowed to park vehicles on the street starting at 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. Residents will again not be allowed to park vehicles on the public street from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 a.m. the next morning. After that, the snow emergency will be over.

4:00 p.m. on Tuesday: The City declares a snow emergency.
Midnight 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday: No parking on public streets.
6:00 a.m. Wednesday to 12:00 a.m. Thursday: Parking allowed on public streets.
Midnight 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Thursday: No parking on public streets.
From 6:00 a.m. on Thursday and on: Snow emergency over.

Where can residents park vehicles during snow emergencies?
Residents should park vehicles on their private property during snow emergencies. If a resident is a renter and only has on-street parking available, the resident should coordinate with landlords to determine potential parking options. The City will coordinate with local businesses or property owners to provide temporary parking locations during snow emergency events.

Can snow plow crews prevent driveways and/or alley entrances from being blocked?
Since all snow must be cleared from the roadway in order to keep public roadways safe, snow plow crews have to push snow to the sides. It is very difficult to keep driveways and alley entrances from becoming blocked on initial passes. Crews will make every effort possible to minimize this problem and may return to alley entrances when possible. Driveways may be blocked, however, when the City receives a large snowfall amount. Again, crews will make every effort to minimize these issues.

If you have questions, call Osseo Public Services at 763.425.5741.




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