Public Works Department

Hours:  Monday thru Friday,  7:00 am to 3:00 pm

With fifty-seven (57) miles of roads (28 gravel and 29 blacktop) in the City of Nowthen our Public Works Department is always busy.  Public Works staff are not only responsible for maintaining and creating city roads, they also do brush and tree cutting, park mowing and maintenance, snow plowing & many other duties. 

Department Staff:

Joe Glaze - Public Works Supervisor
Eric Madson - Public Works, Maintenance & Equipment Operator

Department Policies


As a service to our "NEW RESIDENTS," the City of Nowthen installs a "Swing Away" mailbox support post for each new dwelling constructed in City.  These swing away support posts are purchased and installed free of charge to the new resident.  When installed, the 36" post is put at the proper height and setback distance according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The city will not be responsible for any damage done by snowplows or other road maintenance personnel when the provided post is not used.



With snow not far off - - -  the Public Works Department has a few snow plowing reminders that should be followed: 

  • When there has been one (1") inch of snowfall, the paved roads shall be plowed by the plow trucks.  When there has been two (2") to three (3") inches of snowfall, the gravel roads will also be plowed, if the gravel is frozen.  The City will not send snowplows out until the snowfall has stopped, unless it is an extended snowfall.  The snowplows will not be sent out in situations where it would be hazardous because of visibility.

  • When removing the snow from the roads, one pass will be made on all main artery roads throughout the city and secondary arteries will be plowed on the return pass.

  • The City is not responsible for driveways plugged by the plow in the normal course of clearing the roads.  Do not park vehicles on roadways.

  • The City is not responsible for mailboxes or fences unless they are hit by equipment and if they are properly located and installed.  Any rocks or posts placed along driveways must be off township right-of-ways.  If any such items are hit by snowplow equipment, property owner will be billed for repairs.

  • As city residents you are reminded that it is unlawful to plow snow across a public road.  Piles of snow left on or near the traveled portion of the road can freeze into a solid mass, creating a hazardous situation for vehicles and snowplows.  Accidents and damages caused by piles placed in a roadway may be assessed to the landowner.

  •  Remember it is important to stay back away from snowplow equipment

City of Nowthen Parking Regulations




            The purpose of regulating parking during the prescribed time period is to protect the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Nowthen and to facilitate snow removal.


            SECTION I – It shall be unlawful for any person to park a motor vehicle, trailer, mobile home or accessory unit on a public street from the 15th of November to the 1st day of April between the hours of 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.


            SECTION II – It shall also be unlawful for any person to park on any city road during any time at which more than two (2) inches of fresh snow has accumulated until such time as the snow removal crews have cleared the roadway. 


            SECTION III – The Anoka County Sheriff’s Department or other authorized representatives of the city are hereby authorized to remove any offending vehicle from a city road.  Vehicles will be towed and stored at owner’s own expense.  Any person(s) violating any provisions of this Ordinance shall be guilty of an administrative offense or petty misdemeanor as defined by Minnesota Statute 609.02, Subdivision 4A.

Zoning Ordinance Requirements (driveways)

Single family residential uses shall be limited to one (1) driveway access per property except that a second access shall be permitted on any lot with a minimum frontage of one hundred twenty five (125) feet to a public street.  

Residential Driveway Permit