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  • Is there anything I can do to help the city with its snow removal efforts?

  • Are frozen food boxes, fast food wrappers or to-go coffee cups accepted?

  • Are permits required for block parties?

  • Are permits required for storm-related repairs?

  • Are pizza delivery boxes and egg cartons compostable?

  • Are there any alternatives to having a standard lawn?

  • Are there any parking exemptions in the winter?

  • Can businesses get help setting up recycling programs?

  • Can holiday lights be recycled?

  • Can I change the size of my organics cart?

  • Can I collect my recycled materials in paper bags?

  • Can I collect my recycled materials in plastic bags?

  • Can I get help shoveling my sidewalk?

  • Can I pay by credit card?

  • Can I put a dumpster on the street?

  • Can I recycle clothing, shoes or home goods?

  • Can I request temporary no parking signs for work in the city right of way?

  • Can I request to close a city street for work performed in within the city right of way?

  • Can I use regular plastic bags to collect organics?

  • Can the city help with buckthorn removal?

  • Can the city provide a speaker for my group?

  • Can the city provide tree and landscaping advice for my yard?

  • Do I have to include utilities in the rent payment for the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

  • Do I need a permit for my landscaping project?

  • Do I need a permit?

  • Does my property have to be pre-qualified to be included in the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

  • Does St. Louis Park have reciprocal agreements with other cities for facility rates?

  • Does the city issue private activity revenue bonds?

  • Does the city offer free wood mulch and compost?

  • Does the city provide financing options for businesses looking to make energy efficiency improvements?

  • Does the city provide free kitchen pails?

  • Does the city provide radon testing kits?

  • Does the city salt slippery sidewalks or trails?

  • Does the city support alternative fuel vehicles?

  • Does the city treat any areas for mosquitos?

  • Does the emerald ash borer affect my yard waste collection?

  • Does the Housing Authority cover any damages left after a family has moved out?

  • Does yard waste collection include wood chips?

  • Has an underpass or overpass for the regional trail been considered?

  • How are damage deposits for erosion control permits handled?

  • How can I arrange for an inspection for my right of way permit?

  • How can I change the name or mailing address on my water bill?

  • How can I learn more about invasive species?

  • How can I make sure my water meter or meter interface unit (MIU) is not damaged when I am doing home remodeling work?

  • How can I protect my trees from bur oak blight?

  • How can I protect my trees from Dutch elm disease and oak wilt?

  • How can I protect my trees from the emerald ash borer?

  • How can I stay updated on the project status?

  • How do I apply for a Community Development Block Grant?

  • How do I become a Block Captain?

  • How do I change the use of a commercial or industrial property?

  • How do I determine the excavation length, width and depth if I am not sure how large the excavation will be?

  • How do I find a property's permit history?

  • How do I get a parking permit?

  • How do I get an erosion control or right-of-way permit?

  • How do I get rid of my old recycling bins?

  • How do I know my computer connection is secure?

  • How do I know that the work has been done satisfactorily?

  • How do I make my property eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

  • How do I pay online if I own multiple properties in St. Louis Park?

  • How do I report a pothole?

  • How do I report a sidewalk that is not shoveled?

  • How do I set up automatic payments?

  • How do I submit building plans online?

  • How do I tie my compostable bags shut?

  • How does salt work in removing ice and snow from roads?

  • How is organics recycling different from backyard composting?

  • How is the sewer charge on my water bill calculated?

  • How long must I guarantee the pavement repair or other work will last?

  • How often can I request a temporary parking permit?

  • How often is my organics cart picked up?

  • How often should i test my fire extinguisher?

  • How will Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) play into this project?

  • I am looking to buy a fire extinguisher for my home, what type should I purchase?

  • I don't need such a large cart; can I switch to a smaller cart?

  • I need to remove a tree on my property. What are the city’s tree removal requirements?

  • I received a letter that I may have continuous water flow (a water leak). How can I detect the leak?

  • If I don’t have much organic material, can I put my kitchen pail out for collection?

  • If I get approval for temporary parking and there is a snow emergency, can I still park on the street?

  • If my driveway is plowed in and I throw the snow back into the street, can city crews come by and clean it up?

  • I'm moving, should I take my recycling cart?

  • Is a construction management plan required for my project?

  • Is there a fee for a temporary parking permit?

  • Is there a property tax deferral program for senior citizens?

  • My work involves excavation in the boulevard and street. Which box do I check on the permit application form for type of surface to be disturbed?

  • Sometimes it seems especially icy following a storm. Does the city treat slippery areas?

  • The rent I need to charge is higher than the Housing Authority will allow, and I can't afford to lower my rent. The family has offered to pay the difference, is that ok?

  • Wasn’t this bridge just built?

  • What about traffic lights and signals?

  • What about using my garbage disposal for food scraps?

  • What are educational tags?

  • What are the approximate dimensions of the carts?

  • What are the city’s sprinkling restrictions?

  • What are the new FEMA floodplain boundaries, and is my property affected?

  • What are the requirements for garage sales in St. Louis Park?

  • What are the requirements for shoveling sidewalks?

  • What are the road weight limits in St. Louis Park?

  • What are the rules for posting signs in St. Louis Park?

  • What can I do with large branches that fall in my yard after a storm?

  • What can I recycle?

  • What do I do with my expired or empty fire extinguisher?

  • What documents do I need to apply for a permit?

  • What does the city do to promote environmental stewardship?

  • What does the city provide to organics recycling customers?

  • What energy efficiency resources are available for commercial businesses?

  • What energy efficiency resources are available for residents?

  • What factors contribute to the effectiveness of salt in removing ice and snow?

  • What happens if my cart is missing or damaged?

  • What happens to the organic material once it has been collected?

  • What improvements are being made to the bridge?

  • What is an appropriate response when someone asks if I accept housing vouchers?

  • What is PCI compliance, and why is it so important?

  • What is the city's credit rating?

  • What is the city's policy regarding uncut grass or weeds?

  • What is the difference between community and neighborhood sidewalks?

  • What is the expected price of the new bridge, and how is it being funded?

  • What is the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance?

  • What other gardening and landscaping resources are available?

  • What other services are available at the fire stations?

  • What process should a landlord follow if they decide to rent to a voucher holder?

  • What services are billed by the city's Utility Billing Department?

  • What should I put for the date of work to begin on the right of way permit application form if I’m not sure when the work will begin?

  • What type of work requires a right of way permit?

  • What upgrades will be made for pedestrian safety?

  • What will the bike lanes look like?

  • What will the phasing be?

  • What's the Adopt-a-Park or Garden Program?

  • When are fire stations open?

  • When are property taxes due?

  • When are trees around power lines pruned?

  • When are trees on boulevards pruned?

  • When does the city sweep the streets?

  • When I cancel services, what's next?

  • When I move out of my house, does the city turn off the water?

  • When is an inspection needed for a right of way permit?

  • When is my recycling collection day?

  • Where are the fire stations located?

  • Where can I find additional compostable bags if I run out of the bags the city supplies?

  • Where can I get finished compost from the program to use at my home?

  • Where can I learn about green building practices and the city’s Green Building Policy?

  • Where can I pick up my supply of certified compostable bags?

  • Where do I find other permits?

  • Which city buildings and parks have free Wi-Fi?

  • Which watershed do I live in?

  • Who is eligible to apply for a temporary parking permit?

  • Who is responsible for any damages that may occur to a car while parking in the approved temporary parking area?

  • Who regulates erosion control on construction sites?

  • Why are damage deposits required for erosion control permits?

  • Why aren't city streets always plowed curb to curb?

  • Why can’t I just rake my leaves into the street?

  • Why did my neighbor get a bill, but I didn't?

  • Why did the city plow snow into my driveway?

  • Why do you volunteer for the city?

  • Why is my water bill so high?

  • Why should I register to pay a bill?

  • Why was I asked to provide a drinking water sample?

  • Why wasn’t this done originally?

  • Will my organics recycling container smell?

  • Will you take extra recycling if I place it alongside my recycle cart?