Pedestrian and vehicle safety are of paramount concern during winter months when snow and ice make travel treacherous at times. City Ordinance 680:05 requires property owners to clear public sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall event.
Snow piles on sidewalks create a significant safety issue because they force pedestrians to walk in the road. In order to increase pedestrian safety, contractors and property owners are reminded that snow from parking lots and driveways cannot be removed to sidewalks. Sidewalks must remain cleared the full width for pedestrians. Snow from driveways should be piled in the yard and boulevard. Pushing snow into streets, alleyways or sidewalks is prohibited pursuant to City Ordinance 600:05 Subd. 9 and 600:15, and subject to an administrative fine of $250 per incident.
If you have any sidewalk snow removal questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (320)650-2900 or check out the city’s website for more information.