Snowplow activity information can be obtained by calling our Snowplow Information Number at 763-433-9852. This number is monitored daily.
During the winter months, City maintenance crews perform many duties, but snow and ice control are the most noticeable. When you consider the working conditions, including visibility and traffic, they are also probably the most dangerous.
Ramsey’s 21-person crew plows the entire City approximately 8 to 10 times a year. During an average snowfall, they will drive over 300 miles to plow and salt the streets. When you count the additional minor ice control or sanding events, which average 20 times a year, the miles and time really accumulate.
Please avoid pushing snow and ice from your driveway into the street. This is very hazardous to other residents walking or driving on our streets. MN Statute 160.2715 prohibits the deposit of items, including snow and ice, in the right-of-way.
In an effort to enforce this, Ramsey Officers will issue a citation to homeowners if they see snow deposited onto the roadway. Violators will be charged with a misdemeanor, with a second offense having a minimum fine of $400.00. Help us keep our streets safe for everyone.
Also, please keep garbage cans and recycling containers off the street. Placing them in the driveway or behind the curb allows snowplow drivers to plow curb-to-curb and lessens the chance of tipping over containers. Basketball hoops should also be kept out of cul-de-sacs.
The City will provide wooden stakes for homeowners to install along the easement. The stakes should be spaced every 20 to 30 feet along the easement to help plow drivers identify the edge of the road early in the season.
The wooden stakes are available in a barrel outside of the Public Works Building located at 14100 Jaspar Street NW, during regular business hours. There is a maximum limit of six stakes per household.
Please remember the Boulevard Staking Policy prohibits the use of metal fence posts and other non-breakaway material in the public right-of-way. Small fiberglass poles and aluminum poles with reflectors may be used.