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What Residents Should Know During Winter Months

1. Abutting property owners are responsible for removing snow/ice from public sidewalks & pedestrian ramps. If snow/ice remain on sidewalks for more than 48 hours, the City may remove the snow/ice and assess the actual cost against the property. Minimum hourly rate billed to property owner is $50/hour for operator & snow blow, $50/hour for hand tools & $15 per 40lb bag of salt. $50 administrative fee to cover costs of staff time & enforcement action will be added. The minimum fee charged is $100.
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2. Try to make arrangements to store vehicles off the street to allow crews to push snow to the curb. There are no designated snow routes, but City Code prohibits parking in the turn-a-round area of a cul-de-sac until after snow has been cleared from the street.

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3. Residents who have a fire hydrant near their property are required to shovel the area around the hydrant and keep it clear at all times.

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4. Mailboxes are another issue of concern. The post office will not be able to deliver mail to boxes that are buried in snow. This has been an issue on cul-de-sacs where there is little room to plow snow and store it. Residents still have the responsibility to clear their mail boxes after the snow event.

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5. Residents should not allow sump pump discharge to create a hazard for pedestrians. Water should not be allowed to run over the sidewalk & freeze. Deicing chemicals must be used to control this situation.

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6. When clearing driveways & parking lots, whether done by resident or contractor, snow must not be pushed into the street. It is an operational hazard that city crews sometime plow snow back onto driveways when pushing snow to curb.

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7. Drivers should give city vehicles plenty of room to perform their tasks. Do not follow trucks too closely when they are depositing anti-icing materials before a snow event. During a snow event, trucks will be plowing and spreading salt. Traffic signal pre-emption devices may be used by the operator of the truck, be aware when approaching intersection.

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8. The City standard for snow & ice control is bare pavement everywhere on public streets within 24 hours following the cessation of snowfall from an average storm of 4"-6". Alleys are last priority in the process & will be accomplished unless successive snow events require equipment to be used on main streets. Once snow is packed down on side streets & alleys, it is difficult to reach bare pavement standards.

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Questions or concerns call the Code Enforcement Department at 563-344-4064.