May snow forces plows back on streets

6:15 AM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
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MINNETONKA, Minn. - The potential of a record May snowfall in the Twin Cities has public works directors rethinking the status of municipal equipment.

Minnetonka has been forced to put big snow plows back on more than a dozen trucks.

"This is a record for me," said Brian Wagstrom, Minnetonka Public Works Director. "This is the latest that we have ever put plows on this time of the year."

However, the Minnetonka crews worked to remove the big side "wing" plows, so any snow removal effort would not damage the street boulevards. The thawing weather has left the boulevards in a soft condition.

"We are anticipating maybe 2-3 inches of slush on the roadways. Depending upon the heat of the roadway, it might melt off," said Wagstrom. "We would like to get the water off the roads because that is a catalyst for potholes."

The odd spring weather has also not been kind to area garden shops and nurseries.

The Mustard Seed garden shop on Great Plains Boulevard in Chaska is hoping to recoup its spring sales dip with a grand opening of its new store this weekend. So far, the new facility has been yearning for customers.

"Our traffic has slowed way down," said General Manager Amanda Clark. "You know, everybody's got that spring fever type of feel, but you cannot quite do anything with it yet. We are hoping for the old wives tale of planting Memorial Day weekend. That is what I grew up with on the farm."

Regardless of incoming revenue, the store must pay for the heat in the greenhouse. The Mustard Seed offers Koi fish for sale. The fish require heat. Also, there is the threat of damage to the greenhouse roof if there were to be several inches of heavy snow dropping on top of the store.

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