Resident Snow Removal Procedures

State Law prohibits residents, business owners, and/or contractors from depositing snow into public roads. Snow removed from sidewalks and driveways should be placed on lawn areas, park strip areas or on private property and NOT on public roads. This practice is dangerous and impedes the City’s snow removal efforts.

City Streets

Current City ordinance prohibits parking on the street when it is snowing or there is snow on the street; from November 1st – April 1st. Residents can also help by removing vehicles, trailers, garbage cans, etc. from the street during this time as well.

Blocked Driveways

Snow accumulated on the plow blade has no place to go but in the road right-of-way, which includes driveway approaches. Many times, snowplowing forms snow drifts across driveway approaches, which may create hardships for some residents. Unfortunately the City possesses neither the personnel nor the equipment to clear the thousands of driveway approaches within the City; therefore snow removal of driveway approaches is the Resident’s responsiblity.

When clearing driveways, the snow should be placed on lawn areas or park strips, (do not cover fire hydrants). This will minimize snow accumulation in drive approach areas during snow plowing operations. Putting the snow in the street can cause delays in snow removal as well as damage to personal property.

Fire Hydrants

During the winter season, it is very important to remove the snow from around fire hydrants. If there is a fire hydrant in front of a home, it is that homeowner’s responsibility to keep it clear of all snow.

Mailboxes

The snow plow operators make every effort to remove snow as close to the curb line as possible and to provide access to the mailboxes for the postal service. However, depending on the severity of certain storms, and with the equipment the City operates, it is not possible to completely remove snow around mailboxes. The final cleaning adjacent to mailboxes is the responsibility of each resident.

Ordinance Reminders


14.32.100 Snow removal – Required

It is unlawful for the owner, occupant, lessor or agent of property abutting on a paved sidewalk to fail to remove or cause to be removed from such paved sidewalk and any existing curb ramp all hail, snow or sleet falling thereon, within one hour after the hail, snow or sleet has ceased falling, provided that in case of a storm between the hours of five p.m. in the afternoon and six a.m. in the morning, the sidewalk and any existing curb ramp shall be cleaned before eight a.m. the morning following the storm.

14.20.105 Placing snow upon highway (public roads) prohibited

It is unlawful for any person removing snow, ice or other material from a sidewalk or driveway to place or deposit said snow, ice or other material upon any county road or highway in such a manner as to interfere with the proper use of the same or in such a way as to obstruct travel or to endanger property or persons upon same.

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