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Posted on: April 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Street sweeping begins April 25

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Street sweeping

Weather permitting, street sweeping will begin Monday, April 25, and continue for approximately five working days between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

When sweepers are in the neighborhood, all vehicles should be moved off streets so the entire street can be cleaned. In addition, please be sure to place trash cans behind the curb on your scheduled trash pick-up day. Items such as portable basketball hoops, hockey nets and skateboard ramps should be removed from the streets, as placement of such objects in the street is prohibited by city code.

To increase the effectiveness of street sweeping, residents are encouraged to rake their yards so that any excess dirt and other materials can be picked up by the sweepers.

Street sweeping is done to remove debris, accumulated dirt and sand, and other material before it is washed into the storm sewer. Removing the material while it is still on the street is more efficient than removing this material from storm water ponds and helps protect water quality in city lakes and wetlands.

Hydrant flushing

Provided street sweeping proceeds as scheduled, hydrant flushing will begin the week of May 2. All hydrants will be flushed to ensure the hydrants are operating properly. The project is expected to take about six weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Though flushing may occasionally discolor the water for a few minutes, it is safe to drink. Residents may want to check for signs of discoloration before using the water to wash clothes, particularly white clothes. Removing the screen on a faucet and letting the water run can help clear up the discoloration.

 Questions about street sweeping or hydrant flushing can be directed to the Public Works Department at 651-714-3720 or [email protected].

Reminder: stormwater ponds are not for recreational use

Parents should remind their children not to play near stormwater ponds, especially near drains.

A stormwater pond has two main purposes: residential flood protection and treating urban water run off before it flows into natural bodies of water. Stormwater ponds at times may have a constant flow of water running through them. These unpredictable and fluctuating water levels create an unsafe environment for recreational activities.

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