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Town Talk: Clear your sidewalks

As Minnesotan’s we embrace winter and the snow and cold does not deter us from getting outside and enjoying the winter wonderland. Many people are still out and about going for walks or a run and using our public sidewalks.

As he first snow events of the season are now upon us, we would like to remind everyone about the City’s snow removal policy. Per City ordinance, snow and ice must be removed from all public sidewalks by the owner or tenant of the abutting property within 12 hours after a weather event deposits the snow or ice. If the snow or ice is not removed from all public sidewalks, beginning 24 hours after the weather event has ended, the City will remove the snow or ice, and the cost of the removal will be assessed back to the lots or parcels of ground abutting the sidewalks that have failed to be cleared.

FOR EXAMPLE – 50′ OF SIDEWALK FRONT-AGE WOULD BE BILLED AS FOLLOWS:

$40 Cleaning Fee +$50 Administrative Fee + $36 Assessment Fee = $116.

(The $36 Assessment Fee is waived if the invoice is paid within 60 days of issuance)

Additionally we would like to remind you that when removing snow or ice from public sidewalks or your private property that it shall not be placed or deposited against any fire hydrant, or on any sidewalk, roadway, right-of-way, alley or other property of the City without the express permission of the City.

If you have any questions, please contact the City Department of Building Safety at (507) 359-8245.

Editor’s Note: The City of New Ulm presents a weekly column highlighting activities in different departments in the city government. Once a month the city will answer questions from readers. Questions on New Ulm city issues can be sent to comments@ci.new-ulm.mn.us.

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