Snow/Ice storms create numerous problems and inconveniences for our community. In addition to the city program, residents and businesses have certain responsibilities to assist our community’s efforts. These include clearing their sidewalks, driveways, mailboxes and fire hydrants adjacent to their property. These areas should be cleaned without depositing any snow on street surfaces. Piles must be located in an area to assure that they will not be an obstruction to the vision of vehicles and pedestrians.
As a community we are all responsible for keeping sidewalks safe for winter walking. City Ordinance states that snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after the snow/ice has ceased. At their meeting held on January 22, 2015, the Mayor’s Task Force recommended that after the 24 hours following a snow or ice event, a door hanger be posted on residences that are out of compliance with the Ordinance. This door hanger would provide notice that the resident will have an additional 24 hours to bring their sidewalks into compliance with the City Ordinance. The door hanger is intended to be a proactive alternative for addressing sidewalks that are in violation.
Effective immediately, staff will begin posting properties who have not shoveled their walks giving them an additional 24 hours from the date and time noted on the hanger to remove the snow and ice from their sidewalk. After that time, crews will begin to remove snow and a $120 fee will be charged to the property owner. This notice will be posted one time as a courtesy reminder and any property not in compliance after the first posting will be cleared without any further notification. Please reference the door hangers, the applicable City Ordinance and the Snow and Ice Control Policy links below for more information.
Snowplowing does cause additional amounts of snow to be deposited in drive approaches and around roadside obstacles. Residents need to be aware that it is not practical or feasible to eliminate this situation, and at times it may be necessary to clean a driveway a second time after a street has been plowed. With this in mind, private snow operators and residents need to be aware that it is a MISDEMEANOR for any person to plow snow across streets onto neighboring property, remove snow from private property and place it in any roadway or on a sidewalk, store snow on boulevard areas, and/or block street signs. Tickets can be issued for this violation.
City crews will NOT repair mailbox damage caused by the weight of snow hitting the mailbox. Residents should contact the local Post Office to assure their mailbox is installed property. A properly installed mailbox has less chance of being damaged by a snowplow, since most damage is caused to mailboxes that are either too close to the roadway, at an incorrect height, or mounted on a substandard post.