City Skips Residential Snow Plowing for the 2nd time

While I would argue that the few inches we got isn’t much of a problem, the cold temperatures over the next 6 days are going to turn that snow into a sheet of ice that probably won’t go away for a long, long time.

Is anyone else starting to wonder why the city is avoiding plowing residential streets? We pay for the service, and whether or not you want to argue about if it should be done, doesn’t matter. What if we decided not to open the Midco Aquatic Center a couple of days a week, because, well, no one showed up last Wednesday and Thursday.

The penny pinching is starting to get suspicious.


#1 The Blogger Formerly Known as "Winston" on 12.11.16 at 8:34 pm

I hope an outsider emerges from the 2018 mayoral race. We need to get back to the basics with less emphasis on building things and their collateral hype.

“It’s fighting crime, plowing, and sweeping streets, stupid!”

#2 Taxpayer on 12.11.16 at 9:10 pm

Tuesday night, I want the Council to question both Mark Cotter and Tracy Turbak about this so that the public can hear their answers.

Also, what happened to the city policy that if the snow fall is greater than 2 inches all residential streets will be plowed?

#3 The Blogger Formerly Known as "Winston" on 12.11.16 at 10:14 pm


That’s a good point about the 2 inches, but then again that rule came into play when the second penny was just for roads, too.

“It’s time to get back to basics!”

#4 moses on 12.11.16 at 10:51 pm

What do you expect from Slick Mike.

#5 Bruno on 12.11.16 at 11:05 pm

A fair discussion point. Don’t recall any area municipalities issuing snow alerts for this storm though. Maybe they did and I didn’t catch it. Not sure that would make much of a difference to some here.

#6 anonymous on 12.12.16 at 5:56 am

Yesterday, snow alerts called for Brandon, Lennox, Dell Rapids…

#7 My Mistake Mike on 12.12.16 at 7:10 am

I see that the bike trails were plowed.

#8 Not a Fan on 12.12.16 at 7:11 am

If the 2″ policy isn’t followed, it isn’t a policy, it’s a rule of thumb. Sadly, that’s how huether seems to treat most city policies, as things that may apply sometimes and to others but not to him.

#9 Warren_Phear on 12.12.16 at 7:12 am

My link does not work? Oh well. Neither do the city cameras. What I was referring to was Jennifer Holsen’s Facebook page, Jennifer’s Musings. Read her. She is smart about all things city, and generally spot on. Especially today and her snow removal comments.

#10 Bruce on 12.12.16 at 7:30 am

The town is running out of spendable cash. It looks like there is just enough to get to the end of the year if it’s not wasted on foolish expenditures like snow removal or gutter cleaning. You know, the stuff done to prevent clogged sewer systems.

#11 The D@ily Spin on 12.12.16 at 9:03 am

How about pawn a ‘Jesus Plow’ so the city can afford to snowplow? Maybe a payday loan?

#12 The D@ily Spin on 12.12.16 at 9:19 am

It’s apparent the same money gets moved around so the city looks solvent.

#13 Johnny Spot on 12.12.16 at 3:37 pm

Department directors have been asked to submit budgets with 5% budget cuts. Sales tax receipts are down, debt with Huether up, way up. Debt chickens coming home to roost. Thanks Mike. When I first moved to this city in the early 90’s I was very impressed with the snow removal on city streets. Not so much anymore. Go get yourself a 4×4, apparently entertainment venues and city buildings are more important than basic government services.

#14 The D@ily Spin on 12.12.16 at 5:31 pm

City stated 3.7″ at airport but only 2″ around town. No snow emergency declared. Might be true but citizens have learned not to believe or trust city government. Their reputation (which they deserve) precedes them.

#15 moses on 12.12.16 at 9:49 pm

I called the office slick Mike wasnt in,

#16 moses on 12.12.16 at 9:49 pm

I called the street dept twice and were still slick at the intersection.

#17 The D@ily Spin on 12.13.16 at 12:29 pm

During Mikey’s 7 years, the city went from Number One ranking to Number 35. Debt is 7 times more to half a billion dollars. Crime, there was none but now we must all carry a concealed weapon. There’s pretty sculptures and flowers downtown but it’s not safe to go inside buildings. Where do we go from here?