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St. Louis City Taking Public Vote On Future Side Street Snow Removal

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Alley in south St. Louis January 8th, 2014, three days after a winter storm dumped 10.8 inches of snow on the region.  (KMOX/Ben Boyd)

Alley in south St. Louis January 8th, 2014, three days after a winter storm dumped 10.8 inches of snow on the region. (KMOX/Ben Boyd)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Four days after a foot of snow fell on St. Louis with subzero temperatures, Mayor Francis Slay announces a major policy change on street plowing.

In a break with the city’s longstanding policy to only plow main routes, they are now plowing side streets.

Mayor Slay says even his street wasn’t plowed this week.

On Thursday afternoon, 40 plow trucks hit the side streets and the mayor is promising to have the job done by the Friday morning rush. The cost of sending 40 trucks overnight to clear the side streets – about $50,000 to $80,000, depending on how long it takes.

Streets Director Todd Waelterman warns residents that cars parked on the street may need digging out after the plows pass by.

As far as plans for plowing side streets in future snow events, city officials say it, “hasn’t been as cut and dry as you might think.”

In an email sent Thursday afternoon, Mayor Slay’s Communications Director Maggie Crane explains that everyone isn’t necessarily in favor of plowing side streets. That’s why the city has opened up an online vote.

Crane writes, “So, we want to know more before we make wide-sweeping policy changes. We’re starting by collecting data – your thoughts.  We’re asking City residents to vote.”

Do you think plowing the side streets is a good idea or a bad idea? You can vote at stlouis-mo.gov. You will be required to enter an address or intersection to log your vote.

Crane also urges residents to take to Twitter and tweet their thoughts to @stlstreets and to @stlcsb, the Citizens’ Service Bureau.

To date during this storm, the Citizens’ Service Bureau has taken 510 individual calls for snow removal on City residential streets.

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