Moorhead City Council makes plans for another snow emergencyMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- The Moorhead City Council made a strong stand tonight, rejecting a motion to partially payback the more than 125 people towed during a snow emergency.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- The Moorhead City Council made a strong stand tonight, rejecting a motion to partially payback the more than 125 people towed during a snow emergency.
It would have given each person towed 50 dollars that's the amount the city made on each tow.
Todd not only are those people not getting money back -- but obviously another snow emergency will be coming right?
It'll likely be issued at the beginning of next week. And things are being done to make sure 100 cars aren't towed next week, for one, the campus will open up its general lots to students who usually park off campus.
The 2 council members who represent the "snow district," were on an island tonight.
"I motion we pay back 50 dollars to each one."
The city made around 65-hundred dollars during the 2 snow emergency days where more than 125 cars were towed near MSUM.
Steve Gehrtz: "we've put up signs, used social media, mailings -- I don't know short of standing out there hey you shouldn't park here when we get 3, 4 or 5 inches of snow. We've got to plow the streets."
Brenda: "I can't support it either because I kind of liken it to fixing a ticket, you can't fix the ticket we've set the policy."
City Manager Michael Redlinger has been meeting with officials at MSUM to fix the issue. Arguably the biggest problem during the snow emergency,
students got a message alert from the school after the towing started.
Otto: "If there's going to be a rebate I think it should be done through the campus. I think it should be them we gave them the notice they didn't get it out.."
Redlinger says that issue has been solved, and students signed up for the alert will get it 24 hours before towing begins. The city is also looking at plowing over night for this snow emergency section. And also clearing up language on what streets are plowed when.
On another note, a lot of complaints came into Moorhead officials on timeliness of streets being cleared. City Manager Michael Redlinger says Moorhead plows started in residentials the same time as Fargo and West Fargo. He says by the time you leave for school or work in the morning each street will be cleared.