Who is responsible for removal of snow and ice from a public sidewalk?

During the winter it is up to each property owner to clear public sidewalks of snow and ice. City ordinance requires owners or occupants to clean the sidewalks abutting the property of snow and loose or melting ice within twelve hours after snow or ice has ceased. This is necessary to ensure the safety of people using the sidewalks during the winter. Some things to remember: 


  • Remove snow and ice from your sidewalks and intersection handicap ramps abutting your property with 12 hours of snowfall ending.
  • Clear snow the width of the sidewalk. Remember that sidewalks are used by strollers and wheelchairs in the winter.
  • Remove ice to bare pavement or make as level as possible and treat with sand, salt or similar material.
  • Clear any snow that may be blocking a handicapped ramp, fire hydrant, or catch basin.


  • Shovel or plow snow into the street or across the street, Violators caught shoveling snow from private property into the street will be fined.
  • Overexert yourself while shoveling. Excessive strain from the cold and hard labor may cause heart attacks.

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