Minneapolis and St. Paul leaf sweeps are on, despite late fall

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 28, 2013 - 10:19 PM

A late spring is blamed for leaves clinging to branches longer, but cities say sweeps need to start now to beat snow.

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martiankingOct. 28, 13 9:59 PM

So, we really don't have the leaves on the ground to sweep, but yet we have to sweep the streets anyways! Sounds like typical city bureaucracy.

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vins0010Oct. 28, 1310:58 PM

Yeah, the three leaves on the street need to be swept before the snow...so, after the 20,000 leaves fall after the sweep, they'll be there for the snow.

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gailycOct. 29, 13 8:48 AM

It didn't make sense - one would think that if "fall" was late, the scheduling the street sweeping would have been pushed out. They swept my street last week - looking up, one would see the trees with no less than half of the leaves still hanging on and green. Not a sound operational decision at all. We will probably be slip sliding away with snow and wet, decomposing leaves.

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sooofedupOct. 29, 1310:00 AM

So, it's more important to let the public know when the leaveless sweeping will occur, than actually do the sweeping when it will do what it's intended for?

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icu812Oct. 29, 1312:07 PM

The requirement to sweep is related to a watershed or city BMP (best management practice) and not a state rule/law. The theory is to inhibit organics and sediment from entering and polluting the watershed.

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sooofedupOct. 29, 1312:55 PM

icu812 > And sweeping an empty street is going to achieve this? Doing while the leaves are in the trees is a waste of time and money, and the organic material will still end up in the stream. Do you shovel your bare sidewalk just because it's January?

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staredOct. 29, 13 1:32 PM

Just wait- Minneapolis will somehow use this to justify not being able to clear snow this winter. = 50% street surface availability once again!

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icu812Oct. 29, 13 7:23 PM

sooofedup> No need to be snarky. t's primarily to remove sand. It's done in the spring for the same purpose.

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laroccoOct. 31, 1312:32 PM

What a joke and waste of taxpayer money! Their goal is to get done by thanksgiving?? Why? Because that's the way we've always done it. 90% of the leaves are still on the trees. Come spring we will all be wondering why the intersections are flooded due to clogged storm sewer grates with leaves!

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laroccoOct. 31, 1312:35 PM

icu812- to remove sand?? wrong. The fall sweeping is primarily to remove leaves. The spring sweeping to remove sand from winter application.

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