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Snow Removal Regulations

Public Sidewalks

Pedestrians need safe public sidewalks. Property owners are responsible for snow removal. If you rent, read your lease to check who handles snow removal. You must clear the public sidewalks that border your property.

Clear the snow by noon of the day after the snow stops. The snow and ice are your responsibility, regardless of the source. Remember to check your sidewalk after the plows come through. Snowplows may create a blockage.

If you cannot remove ice, you must use sand to provide traction. You must have a safely sanded sidewalk by noon of the day after the snow or ice stopped.

How much of my sidewalk do I have to clear?

You must clear the entire width of the sidewalk, from edge to edge. It is not enough to carve a narrow path. People who use wheelchairs, canes, strollers, etc. need space to maneuver.

You are as responsible for clearing ice on your sidewalk as clearing snow.

Ice can be more dangerous than snow.
  • The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely it is that the snow will become ice.
  • Arrange for someone to take over while you are on vacation.
  • If you do not clear the sidewalk by the required time, we may issue you a citation with a fine.
  • If you do not shovel, crews will remove the snow and ice on your behalf. This service will also be at your expense. We add the bill to your property tax as a special assessment.

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