Winter Parking Regulations
Following a 3-inch snowfall, “No Parking” is allowed on city streets until after they have been plowed. Officers will issue citations and/or tow the vehicle.
Lake Elmo residents are reminded that the city has a snowplowing policy which must be followed so plowing can be done as efficiently and safely as possible. Snow must not be cleared from driveways or sidewalks and placed on or along city streets. Please keep your snow on your property. Violators will be cited.
Trash and recycling containers must be placed in driveways, not on city streets. Containers placed on streets create traffic hazards and increase plowing time.
DANGER: Don’t let kids tunnel in snow banks!
Children should not be allowed to make tunnels or play on snow banks adjacent to city streets. For their safety, please talk to your kids and express the importance of staying away from these snow piles.
Adopt a fire hydrant: Keep it clear of snow
Do a good deed for your community and clear snow away from fire hydrants. This provides quick access for firefighters and water maintenance workers in case of an emergency.
Owners of private hydrants are responsible for and encouraged to clear the snow away from their hydrants, to aid in their location if an emergency were to arise requiring immediate access to them.
Snow Removal and Plowing Policy
It is the policy of the city to maintain the streets in good winter driving condition through sufficient plowing and deicing. To that end, the Public Works crews strive to open all streets within 10 hours of starting the plowing operations. On the following day, streets will be widened to the maximum width. The crews strive to keep all streets passable at all times, even in severe weather conditions.
One of Public Work’s highest profile jobs is the plowing and deicing of city streets. The Public Works Superintendent determines when the crews begin plowing; usually as close as practical to the time the snowfall ceases or if streets are becoming impassable. However, equipment is mobilized dependent on the time and severity of the snowfall.
The city is divided into zones for plowing. Within each of the zones, a system of priority has been established taking into consideration topography, traffic volumes, and special usage. Heavily traveled routes are given greater priority over less traveled routes. Streets adjacent to schools and commercial areas are given additional consideration.
The center of the roadway is plowed first; subsequent passes by the plow move the snow onto the boulevard. In cul-de-sacs, the snow is plowed either onto the center island or at a selected spot within the cul-de-sac. The snow may be hauled away at a later date if it is determined that future storage will be necessary.
The city will use sand, salt, and other deicers when there is hazardous ice or other slippery conditions. The city is concerned about the effect of such chemicals on the environment and will limit its use for that reason. The city does not attempt to maintain the streets in a bare pavement condition.