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Residents' Responsibilities During Winter Months

POSTED: December 26, 2017

The following information will help residents understand their responsibilities during the winter months.

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 the last priority and will be accomplished, unless successive snow events require city assets to be employed on main streets continuously.

Residents are encouraged to remove vehicles from streets to allow crews to push snow to curb. City Code prohibits parking in turnaround areas of cul-de-sacs until snow is cleared.

 When clearing driveways, make sure the snow is not pushed into the street. This is covered by City Code and violators can be cited. It is an operational hazard that crews sometimes plow snow back into driveways when pushing snow to the curb.

City Code requires sidewalks to be cleared of snow/ice within 48 hours of the conclusion of snow event. This means bare surfaces, regardless of how much snow falls or ice accumulates. Any sidewalk over six feet wide is the city’s responsibility to clear. Any sidewalk six feet wide or less is the responsibility of the homeowner. This includes not only sidewalks in front of the home but also in the back of the property and beyond a privacy fence that may surround the backyard. Property owners who fail to do this can be cited and the city will do the work by contractor and charge the resident.

Sump pump discharge should not run over sidewalks and allowed to freeze. De-icing chemicals must be used to control the problem. Residents can be cited.

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. Mailboxes should also be cleared or mail may not be delivered.  

Questions concerning residents’ responsibilities during winter months, call Public Works at 563-344-4088.