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Moorhead Tries to Simplify Snow Removal Days

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Next year's snowfall may be less of a headache for hundreds of people living in the Blue Snow District in Moorhead.

That's thanks to a decision by city council members that may help simplify the process of removing cars from the areas around MSUM, Concordia College and Eventide.

Council members say it should save neighbors trouble and money.

Hundreds of cars were towed this year when the snow removal company struggled with notifying neighborhoods of snow removal declarations.

At Monday night's city council meeting, members hope by changing snow removal maintenance days to coincide with already existing "No Park" days they'll have more voluntary compliance with residents in the area.

But, the changes to the ordinance will also mean the city can tow cars in places they previously just issued tickets.

Council members say it's a necessary price to pay for the benefit of cleaning up the mess on city streets.

"One of the challenges we saw this past winter was that we were really jelling up our staff; and they were not able to work as efficiently as they could because we had to wait for tow trucks, we had to wait for people to get to the scene to be able to remove vehicles," Mike Redlinger, Moorhead's City Manager, said.

The city says, despite the towing inconvenience, resident were so happy with the clean streets that they will be expanding what they call the Blue Snow District.

It will now extend from Main Ave to 20th Street South.

The city will also be working harder to notify residents of the changes and snow removal days. They'll do that with a new phone number neighbors can call to find out if they can park on their street.

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