Minneapolis and St. Paul have cracked down on property owners who do not shovel their sidewalks. MPR News reports:
Both cities will send work crews to clear sidewalks at property owners’ expense if they aren’t shoveled. But last winter, the smaller city of St. Paul cleared more sidewalks, assessed higher fees against scofflaws and focused more on repeat offenders.
St. Paul charged nearly $300,000 in fines while Minneapolis was more than $130,000 last year.
Although the assessments in both Minneapolis and St. Paul were concentrated in poorer areas, both managers of the programs said that any clustering was likely only because those were areas where more complaints were lodged.
Today’s Question: Are cities doing enough to pressure shoveling scofflaws?