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Moorhead Snow Tow Plans

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The impending snow may provide double-trouble for the city of Moorhead. City leaders were hoping to makes changes to a troubled towing policy that's tied to snow removal districts aimed at street cleaning.  

Last weeks 130 snow tow's had residents upset about the lack of communication. "We were talking about how the email came out only a couple hours before they started towing or at the same time." says Kiley Franzoni who lives right off MSUM's campus.

City leaders have since admitted that plans were flawed. In Thursdays meeting with the town, Mark Altenburg says, "It took us a year and a half I just don't think we thought all the way through it. We knew kind of what we wanted, we were going to take the first year to kind of tweek the policy, we certainly didn't realize what happened last week would happen.

The Operations Director for Moorhead Public Works says for now, the policy will remain the same. "The first day of a snow declaration there is no action that gives everyone a chance to get prepared and some lead time. After that declaration 24 hours in we'll start towing and clearing the streets." says Chad Martin.

But the main concern for snow plows is keeping the roads clean. Martin continues, "We need to make sure we get the rest of the town cleared once first, and we'll clear the snow district area along with the town at the same time, so there will be passage ways."

A temporary plan to keep roads cleared, but residents still say they will need better communication this next time there's a snow declaration. It may not help this time, but city leaders still plan to talk about the towing policy Monday night. If a declaration is announced, we'll pass it along to you.

Both Concordia and Moorhead State are allowing free parking in their lots on snow declaration days, to help students and staff not get their cars towed.

For the City of Moorhead's Snow Removal District Brochure click here.

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