With winter fast approaching we wanted to share the Cities Ordinances on the requirements of homeowners removal of snow.

It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent.  Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.
A winter weather emergency is defined as any accumulation requiring street clearance.  The emergency shall continue through the duration of the snow or ice storm and the 72-hour period after cessation of such storm.  Such emergency conditions shall be determined by the Public Works Director and may be extended or shortened when conditions warrant.  No person shall park, abandon, or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley, or City-owned off-street parking area during any snow emergency unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley, or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall.  Such ban shall be of uniform application and the Public Works Director is directed to publicize the requirements widely, using all available news media, in early November each year.  Where predictions or occurrences indicate the need, the Public Works Director shall inform the news media to publicize the emergency and the parking rules thereunder.  Such emergency may be extended or shortened when conditions warrant.
The abutting property owner shall remove snow, ice, and accumulations promptly from sidewalks. If a property owner does not remove snow, ice, or accumulations within 72 hours, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.  The abutting property owner may be liable for damages caused by failure to remove snow, ice, and accumulations promptly from the sidewalk.


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