Things to keep in mind when snow falls:
- Property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the public sidewalk within 24 hours of accumulation.
- The entire width of the sidewalk must be cleared down to the concrete. The property owner is liable for accidents due to failure to clear sidewalks.
- The sidewalk extension/curb ramp leading to the street must also be cleared.
- The City has the authority to remove snow/ice from sidewalks not cleared within the 24-hour period and to charge the cost to the property owner without prior notification.
- Persons are prohibited from placing snow/ice onto the property of another or onto public property. Persons are also prohibited from moving snow/ice across a street to deposit it onto the other side. Notify your snow removal contractor of this.
- Do not blow or shovel snow into the street.
- Angle your snowblower chute so snow is deposited in your yard, not in the street or in a neighbor’s yard.
- Treat your driveway and sidewalk with ice melt before precipitation begins if temperatures are expected to drop below 10 degrees. This will help prevent the snow/ice from freezing to the pavement and it will be easier to remove.
- Avoid parking on the street when snow is expected so snowplows can more effectively clear the street.
- Keep fire hydrants cleared of snow. If you or your neighbors suffer a house fire, it is critical that the fire department can quickly locate and access hydrants.
- Keep storm drains cleared of snow to help prevent flooding when temperatures rise above freezing.
- Barrels placed around town contain a mixture of sand and salt.