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Dave Olson, Published June 09 2013

Moorhead to consider Blue Snow District changes

MOORHEAD – At its regular meeting tonight, the City Council here will consider making changes to an ordinance that governs how snow removal is handled in neighborhoods near Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College and Eventide following major snow events.

The so-called Blue Snow District drew unhappy attention from some residents last winter after it resulted in the towing of dozens of cars.

The following aspects of the ordinance are up for review tonight:

• It is being recommended that the snow district declaration always coincide with the current no-parking street maintenance schedule for streets and alleys included in the district.

For areas in the district north of 12th Avenue South, that would mean no parking on streets on Tuesdays between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. and no parking on avenues on Wednesdays from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.

For areas in the district south of 12th Avenue South, it would mean no parking on avenues Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and no parking on streets Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• The current Blue Snow District boundaries are Fourth Street South to 17th Street South between Fourth Avenue South and 16th Avenue South.

It is being recommended by the operations and police departments that the district be expanded north to Main Avenue and east to 20th Street.

Snow district snow removal would take place over a four-day period timed to coincide with the regular no-parking day for the affected area, with the difference being cars parked in violation would be subject to towing instead of a ticket if the snow district is in effect.

• Another proposed change is to add a telephone number to the existing snow district signage that would give callers a recorded message indicating whether the snow district regulations are in effect.

The meeting tonight will start at 5:30 in City Hall in the Moorhead Center Mall.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555