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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - St. Louis City residents were outraged to see city trucks plowing the snow in private parking lots in Soulard after Wednesday morning’s snow storm.

As that was happening, surrounding side streets went untouched

The City of St. Louis has a long-standing policy of plowing snow on main streets only, and no side streets.

One resident sent photos of a city truck plowing the parking lot at a sports bar.

It turns out city trucks always plow the lot after it snows.

City Parks or Forestry Department trucks provide snow removal for private lots in Soulard from 7th to 3rd Streets between Geyer and Lafayette.

It’s more than just a sweetheart deal for the sports bar, law firm, school, and other entities there.

The historic, city-operated, Soulard Farmer’s Market is right across 7th Street.

In exchange for the snow removal, Soulard visitors get free parking in those very same parking lots.

Members of the South Broadway Business Association say the city comes out ahead on the deal.

“We allow all the customers for Soulard Market …to use our parking lots for free.  That’s a lot of wear and tear on the lots.  So, in exchange for that, the city plows our lot for us,” said Mike Hurley, of the Hurley & Hurley account firm in Soulard.  “[We figure] it’s a good deal for the city.”

The City of St. Louis issued a statement saying the deal helps ensure safe and easy access to the historic market.

The market has long been a St. Louis treasure, known worldwide as America’s oldest farmer’s market.