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Keeping everyone plowed out

Published (2/18/2010)
By Sue Hegarty
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Insolvent developers or those facing foreclosure who let snow accumulate in their uncompleted subdivisions leave those first few residents on the street vulnerable.

Unmaintained roads jeopardize public access to school buses and emergency vehicles, said Rep. Mike Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park). He sponsors HF2231 that would transfer snow removal duties to local road authorities if developers refuse to clear streets under their purview. The House Transportation and Transit Policy and Oversight Division approved the bill Feb. 17 and referred it to the House Civil Justice Committee.

The bill would let local authorities begin snow removal in delinquent subdivisions where there are at least five lots. Cities or counties could charge the properties within the subdivision a reasonable fee for the service. A lien may be placed upon the properties if the snow removal charges remain unpaid. The bill applies only to insolvent developers or those facing foreclosure that have not yet turned the road over to the local authorities.

Sen. Ken Kelash (DFL-Mpls) sponsors a companion bill, SF2004, which awaits action by the Senate Transportation Committee.

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