Streets Department
The Public Works street crew has four members and is responsible for maintenance, repair, and snow plowing on 69 miles of city streets and 114 cul de sacs. This crew performs routine maintenance, including seal coating, patching, overlays and crack sealing. The streets crew is responsible for operation and maintenance of all City roads. They are responsible for maintenance, repair and snow plowing of local streets and cul-de-sacs. They are also responsible for maintaining City streetlights, street name and regulatory signs, storm sewer and ponding areas, pavement markings and for tree trimming along the boulevards.
Street Sweeping
Mendota Heights streets are swept at least once a year to protect water quality in ponds and lakes. When snow melts or it rains, water runoff carries sand and leaves down the street and into storm sewer openings. Once debris is in the storm sewer, it flows directly and untreated into the City waterways. Sand and dirt lower lake levels, and decaying leaves and grass clippings release nutrients that cause excess algae growth and scum. Please protect our ponds and lakes: do not rake leaves and grass clippings onto the streets.
   The City contracts with a private firm to sweep all the city streets one time each year, as early in the springtime as feasible. Doing it at this time allows for homeowners to blow or rake their sand back into the streets for pickup by the sweepers. The entire sweeping process typically takes 3 -4 days to complete.
Snow Plowing Policy
The Public Works Department clears city streets in accordance with a snow plowing policy adopted in 2006.  The primary goal of the policy is to restore mobility to the city as quickly as possible under snowfall events.  The Public Works Superintendent will declare a snow emergency when a minimum of two (2”) inches of snow is received or there is a high probability of a two (2”) inch or more snowfall and will remain in effect until streets are plowed full width.
    The City of Mendota Heights Public Works Department urges residents to be extremely cautious when snow removal and sanding operations are underway.  All vehicles should stay a minimum of 75 feet (four car lengths) behind all maintenance units. 
     Property owners also have snow removal responsibilities.  You must clear your own driveways, and areas around newspaper tubes and trash cans. These areas should be cleared without depositing any snow into the street. 
     Many homeowners hire snowplowing services.  If you use a service, be sure to remind the operators that they must pile your snow on your property.  Many times in the past, services have pushed the snow across the street to another person's property and left a window for the snow to freeze in the street. This not only creates neighborhood friction and driving difficulty, but it is also a violation of city ordinances and could result in the issuance of a ticket.
    For more information about snowplowing or to report a slippery intersection, please call the Public Works Department at (651)454-4059
Winter Parking Restriction
The City has implemented a 2:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. on street “no parking” ban.  No vehicle shall be parked on any public street between the hours of 2:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M., between November 1st and March 31st.  The City will be actively enforcing the snow fall parking regulations beginning with the first snowfall.  This ordinance prohibits parking on City streets during a snowfall until the streets are cleared.  The Police Department and Public Works Supervisor will be citing and/or towing all cars in violation of the ordinance.
Removal of Snow and Ice from Sidewalks
Mendota Heights Code 8-1-2
Accumulations Prohibited; Nuisance Declared: All snow, ice, dirt, and rubbish remaining on a public sidewalk more than twenty four (24) hours after its deposit thereon is hereby determined to be a public nuisance.  The owner and the occupant of any property adjacent to a public sidewalk shall use due diligence to keep such walk safe for pedestrians.  No such owner or occupant shall allow snow, ice, dirt or rubbish to remain on the walk longer than twenty four (24) hours after its deposit thereon.
(1981 Code 701 § 2)
Mailboxes
   It is the responsibility of homeowners to clear the snow from around your mailboxes so that mail can be delivered.  The city cannot accommodate requests for city crews to remove snow that has been plowed around mailboxes.  The city will repair or replace any mailboxes that are hit by city plows.  If your mailbox is damaged, fill out an online form or call City Hall and leave your name, address, and phone number.  Repairs will be done as quickly as possible.  If the post has been broken and the ground is frozen, city crews will do a temporary repair in the winter.  They will return in the spring, when the ground has thawed, to install a new post. Click here for mailbox installation guidelines.
Lights, Signs, Street Conditions
To report a residential streetlight that is not working, please call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-1999.
   To report any of the following, please call the Public Works Department at (651)454-4059 or fill out the following online forms:
· a commercial street light that is out
· a traffic sign that has been damaged
· a street that needs patching and/or pothole