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Moorhead Admits Mistakes

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Some Moorhead city leaders admit the city's first emergency snow removal didn't go as smoothly as they had hoped. Today MSUM students and staff along with neighbors searched for answers, like what happened to the communication from the city.  

"I think this is the worst it's ever happened, I don't think college students should have their cars towed." says a Moorhead resident. Last week 130 cars around MSUM and Concordia campuses were towed for emergency snow removal, and the people are still upset.

"a good percentage of people that park on the streets, just straight up can't afford a parking permit." another concerned MSUM student. Not only did people point to miscommunication on the city's part, but also a sense of dishonesty.

"I was like really?" MSUM Assistant Director of Campus Activities Becky Boyle Jones says "Just because the information that had been put out by the city was very much different than that, like we're not making money on this, we're loosing money on this proposition, which didn't seem accurate to me, so to hear that it wasn't accurate was interesting."

"We went out and told people the city wasn't making any money off towing cars, and then we found out that 54 of the 95 dollars was actually going back to the city." Mark Altenburg admits. Council members also say they want to move forward with improvements. Altenburg continues, "I'll be making a motion on Monday, to have a return of some of that money, the city portion of the money and to figure out in the future weather the city should be making 54 dollars off every tow that we make."

Heidi Durand agrees communication needs to be improved, "I want to make sure that the next time we get dumped on with snow, that students are going to get an alert somehow."

Both Council members agree that at the next city meeting more of the questions need to be answered. "I think we need to go point by point on some of the questions that were brought up here tonight. About policy, about communication, about consistency, we need to drill down into those questions to make sure that the next time we have a snow emergency we don't have 130 cars towed." Altenburg says.

MSUM already is making some changes, students on snow emergency days will be allowed to park in the lots without being ticketed. That's something Concordia did last week to help students so their cars wouldn't be towed.

So next stop for this is Monday night, when Moorhead leaders gather.

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