With winter in full force, the Public Works Department would like to remind residents of the City Code in place and the requirements for Snow and Ice Removal to property owners.  Thank you for your continued cooperation.


    (A)   It shall be unlawful for the owner or occupant of any building in front of which, or adjacent to which, a sidewalk has been constructed for the of the public, to allow any accumulation of snow or ice to remain upon the sidewalk longer than 24 hours after the snow or ice has ceased to be deposited thereon.

(B)   It shall be unlawful for any owner of a vacant lot, filling station, implement dealer, corporation or any other person or corporation owning property adjacent to which a sidewalk has been constructed for the use of the public, to push or otherwise move the snow, which has fallen upon the property owned by the foregoing persons or corporations, upon the sidewalks or the streets adjacent to the property.

(C)   All snow and ice remaining upon public sidewalks is hereby declared to constitute a public nuisance, and all persons owning property adjacent to the public walks are hereby required to abate the nuisance or cause the same to be abated within 24 hours after the snow or ice has ceased to be deposited on the sidewalk.

(D)   Upon the refusal to remove snow or ice from his or her sidewalk by the owner or occupant, or the failure of the owner or occupant to comply with this section, shall be sufficient cause for the Mayor to direct the removal of snow and ice therefrom by city or hired labor or equipment, charging such actual cost against the abutting land. The Street Commissioner shall compute the actual cost to each lot or parcel involved. He or she shall submit the report to the City Council, whereupon each property owner involved shall be billed for the expense incurred. The amount of the expense shall constitute a lien against the land in favor of the city and shall be certified to the County Auditor to be collected as other real estate taxes are collected.