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.