Property Owner Responsibility

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When it snows or is icy this winter, please think about all the people who might be using your sidewalk and the challenges they may face if snow or ice is not fully cleared. 


City Ordinance requires that all property owners:

Remove snow from all sidewalks next to their property or business within 12 hours after snow stops falling in the daytime, and before 1 p.m. when the snow has fallen during the night.  Remove or melt all ice within 6 hours of the time the ice forms.

The fine for failing to comply with the City’s sidewalk clearance ordinances is $50 for each day of non-compliance.  Even if you aren’t around, it is your responsibility to ensure someone clears sidewalks and ramps next to your property.


How to be sure you are in compliance with the Ordinance.

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