City cracking down on negligent snow shovelers

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With the winter season at hand and snow in the forecast for next week, the city sent out a message today saying — they’re checking your walk, and they’re checking it twice.

City officials say they will step up enforcement this year of a city ordinance that requires sidewalks to be cleared of snow within 24 hours after a snowstorm. Businesses have until 5 p.m. the day after a storm to have walks cleared.

Inspectors will monitor areas within three blocks of the city’s 135 schools and five hospitals.

Violators will receive a notice for the first infraction. A return inspection will be performed 24 hours later, when a second notice will be issued. 24 hours after that, city crews will remove the snow and bill the property owner for inspection, labor and administrative costs.

If the bill isn’t paid, a lien will be place against the property.

The reason for the crackdown? The city received some 400 complaints about unshoveled walks last year.

To report an unshoveled sidewalk, call 719-385-5977.

2 Responses to City cracking down on negligent snow shovelers

  1. I think that making sure the ice and snow are shoveled in the downtown area helps people take care of business going downtown. But to look into residential areas especially close to schools, some people who live in good well established older neighborhoods are senior citizens and they can’t get out and shovel snow as rapidly or in a time factor the city is setting for them to shovel. Plus sometime the snow is in blizzard condition and the moment you shovel the snow, the sidewalks are covered over and the ice isn’t easy to dissolve. I think the whole idea should be re-evaluated as far as the fee and the ticketing in the residential areas. I know I just went through heart surgery and live alone, so shoveling my sidewalks would not be possible.

    November 16, 2007 at 2:13 pm

  2. So if the City will be cracking my skull on not cleaning my sidewalk, so I get to issue tickets and fines when the city doesn’t clear my street in 24-48 hours?

    Guess I shouldn’t be worried, unless the snow code enforcement officers drive snow plows to issue citations while the broken down plows sit at the maintenance shack.

    Since the city and county had to forcibly spend so much unbudgeted money last year to clear the streets, guess this is their way to pay the way for this years potential snow fall.


    November 16, 2007 at 5:13 pm