Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal
As stated in section 12.16 of the City ordinance, property owners throughout the City are required to remove any snow and/or ice to the full width of their sidewalk within twenty-four hours of snowfall without depositing snow in any public street, alley or roadway. If ice forms on sidewalks at any other time, the property owner is required to sprinkle their sidewalks with ice melt or a non-slip -agent such as sand and/or salt. In severe cold conditions where standard salt does not suffice, alternative deicers such as Zero Ice or materials that improve traction such as sand, sawdust, wood shavings and/or kitty litter can be used to improve the safety of ice covered sidewalks.
In cases where any sidewalk remains covered in any snow or ice longer than twenty-four hours after the most recent snowfall, it shall be the duty of the superintendent of public works to have such snow or ice removed from the full width of such sidewalk and to report the date when, and address (or other description) where such work was done, and whether the sidewalk length exceeded 100 feet, to the City Clerk-Treasurer, who shall insert the following amount in the tax list thereafter to be made out as a special charge against the lot abutting such sidewalk, which shall be collected as other taxes upon real estate are collected:
- Sidewalk not over 100 feet: First time shoveled, $100; second time shoveled during the same winter $150.00; third and subsequent times shoveled during the same winter $175.00.
- Sidewalk over 100 feet: First time shoveled, $200; second time shoveled during the same winter $250.00; third and subsequent times shoveled during the same winter $275.00.