City of Minneapolis News: More than 2,500 downloads of improved Snow Emergency app in less than two weeks
In less than two weeks, thousands of drivers have downloaded the improved Minneapolis Snow Emergency app onto their mobile devices. This app helps them find out when a Snow Emergency is declared in the city and puts the Snow Emergency parking rules right in the palms of their hands.
The app, available for iPhone and Android devices, tells users whenever a Snow Emergency is in effect and includes the day’s Snow Emergency parking rules that apply. It also has an easy way to sign up for email and text alerts and features a quick call button that connects you to the Minneapolis Snow Emergency hotline.
The revised mobile app debuted on Nov. 27. Since, then, more than 2,500 new users have downloaded the app, bringing the total number of app downloads to more than 10,000. Also, data shows that more people are now getting Snow Emergency information in the evening using their mobile phone than their desktop computers.
The updated app does not send push notifications, so when the snow flies, drivers will need to open the app to find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. Those who downloaded last year’s version of the app should update it to the current version.
The revised app compliments all the other ways the City spreads the word about Snow Emergencies including direct mail, emails, text messages, automated phone calls, social networks, the Internet, local cable television and through the news media. People should put many of these tools to use, not just one or two. The more ways people use to learn about a Snow Emergency, the more prepared they will be to do their part, and the less likely they will be to be towed.
- Hotline - By calling the automated 612-348-SNOW hotline, folks can find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared. The hotline will include the most current information regarding parking rules. The hotline includes information in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
- The City’s website - Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/snow to find out whether a Snow Emergency has been declared and for a wealth of information on Snow Emergencies in many languages. Also, check out the street lookup, which lets you put in an address or a neighborhood to see where you can park during a Snow Emergency.
- Phone alerts - Minneapolis uses a high speed, voice messaging system to alert residents when Snow Emergencies are declared. People can add cellphone numbers or any other phone number to this call list by signing up on the City’s website.
- Email alerts - People can sign up to get Snow Emergency automatic email alerts.
- The media – News releases are sent to the media so TV, radio stations and other news outlets can inform their viewers and listeners that a Snow Emergency is in effect.
- Cable TV - Tune in to cable channels 14 and 79. These channels will have information in several languages when a Snow Emergency is declared.
- Facebook – Like Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Facebook.
- Twitter -. If you have a Twitter account, just follow Minneapolis Snow Emergency on Twitter. Both the Twitter and Facebook pages will tell fans and followers when a Snow Emergency is declared.
- Videos - Informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are available online to help explain where you can park when a Snow Emergency is declared:
- Minneapolis Snow Emergency Parking Rules (English)
Find out where to park your car when a Snow Emergency is declared to avoid a ticket and a tow. Learn more in this edition of the Minneapolis “Did you know…” series.
- Reglas de Estacionamiento de las Emergencias por Nevada (Spanish)
Averigüe dónde estacionar su carro cuando se ha declarado una Emergencia por Nevada para evitar una multa y remolque. Más información en esta edición de las series de Minneapolis Sabía usted.
- Xanibaada Goobaha Baabuurta La Dhigto Xilliga Gurmadka Barafka (Somali)
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- Kev Cai Li Choj Txog Kev Kub Ceev thaum Daus Tau Lo (Hmong)
Thaum muaj daus tau lo, lub nroog yuav tsum tau kaus kev. Pej xeem yuav tsum tau tshem lawv lub tsheb, lub nroog thiaj li kaus tau kev du lug. Yog xav paub ntxiv, sais nroog Minneapolis cov tshooj xov xwm hu, “Koj pos paub”.
- Minneapolis Snow Emergency Parking Rules (English)
There is no December Court Watch meeting. The next Court Watch is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14th, 6:30 p.m. at North Regional Library.
With the first substantial snowfall of the season under our belts, now is a good time for residents and business owners to make sure they’re ready for the rest of sidewalk shoveling season. Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires that property owners clear sidewalks after a snowfall within 24 hours for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for apartment and commercial buildings. For your own benefit and to help your neighbors who are walking, pushing strollers and using wheelchairs, please do your part.
When you shovel snow and clear ice, shovel the sidewalks on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk down to the bare pavement. When possible, remove all ice from sidewalks. Remember, you are as responsible for clearing ice on your sidewalk as clearing snow. Ice can be more of a barrier and more dangerous than snow. The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely ice will form.
Check the salt
If you use salt or other chemical de-icers, use as little as possible. When they dissolve, they release harmful chlorides that may find their way into the closest lake, river or stream. As the snow and ice melts you don’t see the chemicals anymore, but they can flow into the storm sewer, which brings them untreated directly into the closest water body. Once the chloride gets into the water, it stays there accumulating because it doesn’t ever break down. As little as one teaspoon of salt in five gallons of water is harmful to aquatic life and affects the taste of drinking water. Keep in mind:
- Shovel first. The more snow and ice you remove manually, the less salt you will have to use and the more effective it can be. Then, break up ice with an ice scraper and decide if a de-icer (to melt ice) or sand (for traction) is even necessary.
- 15 degrees is too cold for most de-icers to work. Most stop doing their job when the temperature is below 15 degrees.
- More de-icer does not mean more melting. Check the package directions for the safest and most effective use.
- Sweep up extra de-icer. If salt or sand is visible on dry pavement, it is no longer doing any work and will be washed away. The excess can be swept up and reused for the next snow or disposed of in the trash.
- Check your local hardware store for alternative products. Follow package directions for the most effective use and least harm to the environment.
- It may be impossible to remove bonded ice when the temperatures remain very low for extended periods. Shovel the best you can, and sprinkle a little sand to provide traction until you can remove the ice. Minneapolis provides free sand to residents in cases like this. See
- For more information on healthier sidewalk snow and ice removal, visit www.minnehahacreek.org/education/keep-our-water-clean-home/snow-removal-and-salt
Don’t forget your garbage and recycling carts
Garbage and recycling collection crews are out working, even after a heavy snowfall. Make sure to clear a path three feet wide from your garbage and recycling containers to the alley or street. Also make sure the containers can be moved freely.
When it snows, some seniors in the city need help shoveling their walks. Want to lend them a hand this winter? The City is working with the Neighborhood Involvement Program to find individual volunteers or volunteer groups to commit to shoveling for at least one client for one month or for the entire winter. It’s a great way to spend some time in the snow with friends and make a difference for a senior in your community.
Visit the Neighborhood Involvement Program website for more information and contact Jeanne Rasumssen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-746-8549 to sign up.
Report sidewalks that are not shoveled
To report a sidewalk that is not shoveled, you can file an online complaint, call 311 or use the 311 mobile app. If the City of Minneapolis gets a report or discovers that a sidewalk is not properly cleared, Public Works will send a warning letter and give the property owners a chance to clear it. If the sidewalk does not get cleared, the property owner may be issued a citation with a fine and crews will remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk. The property owner will be billed for this work, and unpaid bills will be added to the owner’s property tax.
Snow shoveling videos
When it snows, make sure to clear your sidewalks of snow and ice to keep them safe and avoid a possible fine from the City. Learn more in this edition of the Minneapolis “Did you know…” video series. The City of Minneapolis has videos in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali. Shoveling Snow (English)
Limpieza de Nieve (Shoveling Snow, Spanish)
Kev Kaus Daus (Shoveling Snow, Hmong)
Barafka Ka Xaaq Gurigaaga iyo Ganacsigaaga Hortooda (Shoveling Snow, Somali)
The WCNO Board of Directors meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 9th, 6:30 pm at the WCNO office. Some people are out of town due to the Christmas-New Year’s holiday, so the WCNO board of directors has approved the date change of the January Board Meeting.
The Minneapolis Police Department has received reports from elderly residents who have been victims of a telephone scam.
This scam involves suspects posing as grandchildren who have gotten into trouble while travelling and need money wired to them immediately. Some of the scenarios that have been used are: car accidents, duty tax issues, and bail money. The amount of money asked for has ranged from $2500 to almost $9000. Sometimes the suspects have a second party standing by to pose as a bail bondsman or government official in case they are questioned by the victim.
The suspects often plead with the grandparents not to tell the parents out of embarrassment or fear of punishment. They prey on the love and generosity that the grandparents feel for their grandchildren.
If you or a loved one receives a phone such as this, don’t hesitate to question the party who is calling. Do not let emotions overtake sensibility. Some tips that can assist if you are confronted with a situation such this are:
1. Try contacting a family member who can confirm the story
2. Try to contact the grandchild at a number that you know is accurate such as a home or cell phone number
3. Ask questions which only a real grandchild would know the answer and be attentive to whether the caller is answering questions in detail or just guessing the answers
4. Refrain from mentioning other family members names or personal information
5. Remember that some impostors research the parties they are posing as and can answer basic questions about them
6. Do not wire any money until you are positive of the identity of the person calling you-there are no situations that cannot wait a few extra minutes to verify the identify the requestor
If you receive a fraudulent phone call, try to trace the number. You can initiate a trace by dialing *57 after you hang up. File a complaint with the police immediately.
Please pass this information on to anyone that may not receive the e-alerts or have access to a computer. Thank you.
When it snows, there are some seniors in the city who need help shoveling their walks. Want to lend them a hand this winter? The City is working with the Neighborhood Involvement Program to find individual volunteers or volunteer groups to commit to shoveling for at least one client for one month or for the entire winter. It’s a great way to spend some time in the snow with friends and make a difference for a senior in your community!
Published Dec. 9, 2013
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) News: Krumkake Class at the new Theodore Wirth Pavilion Kitchen
The Theodore Wirth Picnic Pavilion has a new educational kitchen that we’ll be offering a variety of cooking classes in throughout the year. In this class we’ll use special Krumkake irons to cook these light, round cakes. We’ll try out several recipes and do taste tests. There will even be extra for you to bring home. Uff Da!
$7.50 per person. Register Here.
For more information call 612-313-7725.
Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization
Board of Directors – December 2013
Chair Rev. Linda Koelman
Vice Chair Ms. Patricia Suhrbier
Secretary Ms. Stephanie Gruver
Treasurer Mr. Jeff Valley
At Large Mr. Kevin Aldwaik
At Large Mr. Frank Brown
At Large Ms. Cyndy Gohdes
At Large Mr. Jon Marley
At Large Mr. Eric Nystrom
At Large Mr. John Richards
At Large Ms. Kristin Valley
Board Member Emeritus for Life Mr. Jim Wentzell