Osseo clarifies snow removal policy

The Osseo City Council amended the ordinance for snow removal and parking during the Monday, Feb. 25, meeting.

The council also postponed a public hearing regarding giving assistance to the city of Maple Grove for a Goodwill Industries project.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.

 

SNOW REMOVAL ORDINANCE

A topic of discussion the council considered was an ordinance amendment regarding the snow removal and prohibited parking during these times.

Police Chief Tom Hartkopf said within the last month Police Officer Michael Smith and Public Works Director Randy Korfiatis recommended the snow removal ordinance be amended to provide clearer guidance to Osseo residents and businesses regarding when a snow removal period is in effect and that violations can be towed and the vehicle owner being cited for the violation.

The ordinance amendment would add: “A snow removal period is herein defined to begin when an accumulation of fallen snow is equal to or greater than 2 inches as measured at the Osseo Public Works parking lot, 800 Broadway Street E., Osseo.” The amended would also include the words “issue citations and/or” regarding violating vehicles.

Snow removal of a snowfall of 2 inches or more takes place during the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Vehicles parked on any street or alley will be ticketed and towed.

Councilor Mark Schulz asked, “Is there going to be a lot of policies and procedures that come in as a result of this ordinance? We are talking about here, [midnight] to 6 a.m. and that’s when we’re telling people they can’t park, but I mean it’s often times where the streets aren’t plowed by 6 a.m. after a snowfall. Is that coming?”

Chief Hartkopf said a meeting would be set up with police, public works and the city administrator to come up with a policy to define everything better. He added this would include a way to notify residents better.

Mayor Duane Poppe said he hoped more procedures come out of this that establish something like a certain time prior to snow removal. This may include a website or a call in number, he added.

The council then unanimously approved the adoption of the amendment to the city code of ordinances adding language clarifying when a snow removal period will be in effect in Osseo and providing that vehicles in violation of the ordinance can be removed from a city street or alley and the vehicle owner can be cited, including new policies.

 

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES PROJECT

The council also took up a matter regarding the city of Maple Grove asking for assistance from the city of Osseo. This assistance would be for the development of a Goodwill Industries project in Maple Grove by issuing tax exempt bonds. City Planner Riley Grams said Maple Grove has exceeded its limit on this type of financing and Osseo is not near its limit.

The city of Osseo will receive around $16,000 for facilitating this financing.

A public hearing is required, but will be postponed until March 11 due to an update on the project. The project amount bonds will go from $4.1 million to $4.2 million.

The council opened the public hearing, but them tabled the hearing until March 11 for the issuance of a commercial revenue note for the Goodwill Industries project in Maple Grove.

 

OTHER

In other action, the council:

APPROVED the Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday, March 23, beginning at noon at the Osseo Fire Station. Those attending are asked to bring a canned good donation for CROSS Food Shelf.

ADOPTED two resolutions accepting donations from the Osseo Fire Department Relief Association. The first donation was for $1,800 will be used for IT infrastructure expenses. The second donation was for $330 and will be used for dispatching purposes.

SET a public hearing for March 11, at 7 p.m. for the vacation of two public alleys which are part of the site for the future Five Central development.

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