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Posted on: November 1, 2021

Snow and Ice Ordinance

Section 9.05. Ice and Snow on Public Sidewalks

Subd. 1. Ice and Snow a Nuisance.  All snow and ice remaining upon public sidewalks is hereby declared to constitute a public nuisance and shall be abated by the owner or tenant of the abutting private property within twelve (12) hours after such snow or ice has ceased to be deposited.

Subd. 2. City to Remove Snow and Ice.  The City may cause to be removed from all public sidewalks, beginning twenty-four (24) hours after snow or ice has ceased to fall, all snow or ice which may be discovered theron, and it shall keep a record of the cost of such removal and the private property adjacent to which such accumulations were found and removed.

Subd. 3. Cost of Removal to be Assessed.  The Clerk Administrator shall, upon direction of the Council, and on receipt of the information provided for in the preceding Subdivision, extend the cost of such removal of snow or ice as a special assessment against the lots or parcel of ground abutting on walks which were cleared, and such special assessments shall at the time of certifying taxes to the County Auditor be certified for collection as other special assessments are certified and collected.

Section 9.07.  Obstructions in Streets

Subd. 5.  Placing Snow or Ice in a Roadway or on a Sidewalk

A) It is a misdemeanor for any person, not acting under a specific contract with the City or without a special permission from the City, to remove snow or ice from private property and place the same in any roadway or on a sidewalk.

B) Where permission is granted by the City, the person to whom such permission is granted shall be initially responsible for payment of all direct or indirect costs of removing the snow or ice from the street or sidewalk.  If not paid, collection shall be by civil action or assessment against the benefited property as any other special assessment.

Subd. 6. Continuing Violation.  Each day that any person continues in violation of this Section shall be a separate offense and punishable as such.

Section 11.09. Snow Removal.

Subd. 1. Definition.  A "snow removal period" as used in this Section shall be a period of time commencing at the beginning of each snowfall and lasting for 48 hours after a snowfall even if the snow has been removed from City streets.

Subd. 2. Parking Prohibition. During a snow removal period, it is unlawful to park or leave standing a vehicle on any street or public alley between the hours of 1:00 o'clock A.M. and 4:00 o'clock P.M.  This prohibition shall not apply to that part of Main Street located between 2nd Ave. West and 1st Ave. East.

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