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Public plowing on private roads

Published (4/29/2010)
By Sue Hegarty
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For the next three years, local road authorities can remove snow from private roads where a developer, because of insolvency or pending foreclosure, is unable to maintain the road. Effective April 27, 2010, the law sunsets May 2, 2013.

Unplowed roads are a safety hazard for school buses and emergency vehicles, said Rep. Mike Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park), who sponsors the law with Sen. Ken Kelash (DFL-Mpls).

Signed April 26 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the law will require a local road authority to adopt an annual resolution finding that a developer has failed to maintain the road. The city or local government may impose a reasonable and proportionate charge on all properties within the subdivision for the plowing services provided.

HF2231*/ SF2004/CH279

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