It is every property owner's responsibility to keep their sidewalks free of snow and ice. Recent storms and melting snow left many sidewalks covered in ice, creating unsafe conditions that need to be treated with sand and/or salt for pedestrians' safety.
The City Municipal Code of Ordinances 16.06(2) and State Statute 66.0907(5) both require property owners to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice for the safety of all in our community who use sidewalks during the winter.
If City Inspectors determine a sidewalk is unsafe, they may have it treated by a contractor and bill those charges (including a service fee) to the property owner. Unpaid bills will be added to the property taxes.
To assist residents who cannot afford sand or salt, a sand and salt mixture for deicing sidewalks
is available to residents free of charge at the City Garage at 100 Sixth Ave. It can be picked up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 7:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (when the recycling drop-off is open). Each resident is limited to two (2) five-gallon buckets and must provide their own buckets/pails.
If you need physical assistance removing snow and/or ice from your sidewalk, consider asking your neighbors, friends, family, church groups, or other community volunteer organizations. They may be able to offer some free help or suggestions.
Your Alderperson might have some additional ideas for you, such as the names of neighbors who are available to help. Paid snow and ice removal services are also available, such as those from landscaping and home improvement companies.
If you notice that a your neighbor might need help with snow and/or ice removal, please talk to them or your Alderperson about how you or others can help out.