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Sidewalk Snow Removal Policy Reminder

Post Date:01/03/2019 9:52 am

Keeping your sidewalk free of snow and ice is important for the safety and well-being of pedestrians, particularly those with physical disabilities. As such, and in accordance with state statute, City Ordinance 12.08.080 requires property owners to keep sidewalks abutting their property free from snow and ice. This includes the crosswalk approach and the curb line within the crosswalk approach. The ordinance grants property owners twelve (12) hours after each winter weather event to clear the walk. If a property owner does not clear their sidewalk, state statute authorizes the City to clear the sidewalk and bill the property owner for all related expenses. 

The City is no longer mailing notices of violations to property owners, and such notice is not required by state statute. Upon the first offense during the winter season, City inspectors will attempt personal contact and, at minimum, will place a door hanger informing the resident that they have 24 hours to correct the violation or the City will perform the work at the expense of the property owner. If the property does not have a structure on it, then no notice will be issued and the walk will be cleared at the expense of the property owner. Upon consecutive offenses, inspectors will clear the sidewalks immediately at the expense of the property owner after non-compliance with the ordinance has been verified

The current procedures attempt to minimize the amount of time from when the City receives a complaint on a snow or ice covered sidewalk to when that sidewalk is cleared.

To report a snow or ice covered sidewalk please call the City Services Center at 755-3110. Please have the property address available. For questions about the sidewalk snow removal program please contact the City Services Center at 755-3110.

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