Reminder: A snow/ice event has occurred which requires property owners to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours. In those areas where there is no boulevard (no grass area between the sidewalk and the street), snow must be removed within 48 hours.
For the safety of all in our community who use sidewalks in the Winter, home owners and building occupants are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of their house or building within 24 hours of the end of any snowfall, except in those areas where there is no boulevard, in which case snow must be removed within 48 hours. If it is not removed by you, the City may have it removed by a contractor and will add the bill to your property taxes.
Do not throw snow into the street without specific permission from the Public Works Director. Throwing snow into the street can cause unsafe driving conditions, and City plows and other vehicles can push the snow right back onto your sidewalk when they pass, so throw the snow toward the side of the sidewalk that's away from the street.
If you absolutely cannot remove the snow and ice, putting a sand/salt mix on top of it can help people get across it safely until conditions allow you to remove it completely.
Residential Sand & Salt Mix is available to City Residents free of charge at:
- Atwell Park, on the corner of Jordan and Soo Marie
- Morton Park, on the corner of Michigan and Bush
- The corner of Phillips and College
- The corner of Fifth Ave. & Second St.
- See a Map of these Locations (PDF)
Sand for residential sidewalks is also available to City residents Free-of-Charge at the City Garage at 100 Sixth Ave.
- Each resident is limited to two (2) five-gallon buckets
- You provide your own buckets/pails.
The Police and Street Departments both ask that all residents help keep their neighborhoods safe by shoveling the wheelchair curb cuts at intersections, and pay particular attention to sidewalks and crosswalks in school zones.
The Fire Department appreciates your help keeping fire hydrants clear of snow and ice. The home you save could be your own!
If you are able, help your neighbors with their sidewalks and driveway approaches. Despite the cold, it will make you feel all warm inside.