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Keep Sidewalks Clear of Snow and Ice

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 08:03 AM  posted by jbuytaert

With the recent ice accumulation and snowfall, the Minnesota Council on Disability wants to remind you to shovel your sidewalks and curb ramps. The sidewalks and curb ramps are lifelines for many people with disabilities and for our senior community who are trying to get to work, the grocery store, or medical appointments.

When sidewalks and curb ramps are not cleared, they can become impassable and create a potentially life-threatening situation for people who are forced into the street alongside traffic.

Please shovel your sidewalk and curb ramps as soon as possible. Don’t wait for the snow to melt!

Snow removal is governed by city ordinance. Visit your city’s website (opens in new tab) to learn more about:

  • Snow removal ordinances for residential and commercial buildings
  • Potential fines for failure to remove snow in a timely manner
  • Tips and helpful resources for shoveling your sidewalk
  • Reporting snow and ice on local sidewalks

If you are a person with a disability in need of assistance with snow removal, contact Disability Hub MN (opens in new tab) for resources. Note: These resources may come at a cost. If possible, make arrangements for snow removal prior to the snow season.

Senior citizens can contact the Senior LinkAge Line (opens in new tab) for resources.

Keeping sidewalks and curb ramps clear of snow and ice is the neighborly thing to do–and it’s the law. If you live near senior citizens or people with disabilities, volunteer to shovel their walkways. Let’s all do our part!

Budget for One Minnesota

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 11:03 AM  posted by jbuytaert
Investing $1.27 Billion in community Prosperity
Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan propose investing $1.27 billion in community infrastructure projects across the state. The proposal balances the needs of the state, with 22 percent of projects in Greater Minnesota, 27 percent in the Twin Cities area, and 51 percent having impacts statewide.
Following eight years of sound fiscal management, the State of Minnesota has a triple-A bond rating and over $3 billion in available bonding capacity for 2020-2021. This capital investment proposal remains well within these limits – protecting the state’s financial standing, while making critical investments in our future.
Preserving and Renewing State Assets
Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan understand the importance of maintaining the assets we currently have. Half of their 2019 capital budget ($631 million) will support asset preservation projects at state agencies, such as roof replacements and exterior repairs, renovation and repurposing of existing facilities to better meet program needs, and renewing buildings to keep occupants safe and healthy.

HIGHER EDUCATION
Enhance Learning Environments and Improve Efficiency of Campus Buildings
Governor Walz recommends fully funding Minnesota State’s request of $150 million for asset preservation. This supports efforts to ensure the state’s public higher education buildings are accessible, safe, and energy efficient. More than 70 projects – like roof replacements, new HVAC systems, and electrical upgrades – are planned for at least 40 campuses across the state, from Thief River Falls to Marshall, and Virginia to Winona.
Ensure that Students, Staff, and Professors Work in Safe, Productive Buildings
Governor Walz recommends $117.7 million in funding for asset preservation across campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester. The Governor also recommends $4.3 million to renovate A.B. Anderson Hall on the Duluth campus to modernize 35,000 square feet of teaching space and update mechanical and life safety systems.
AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Improve Public Lands and Buildings
Governor Walz includes $109 million for the Department of Natural Resources to continue taking care of buildings, water and wastewater systems, roads and bridges, trails, and water access sites in state parks across Minnesota. This
recommendation also supports the Department’s efforts to make their buildings and trails ADA accessible and safe for visitors and staff. Read more

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 09:03 AM  posted by jbuytaert