Sidewalks

Shoveling
You are responsible for shoveling the walk in front of your property in the winter and removing accumulated ice. If you have a corner lot with sidewalk, you need to shovel out the curb ramp going to the street. State law requires that the City do these things, if you do not.  Charges for such services are billed to you and placed on your property taxes, if unpaid.  It is cheaper for you to hire this work done, than to ignore it and wait for a complaint to be made and the City to follow through.  The Department of Public Works will have a list of persons you may call to hire this work done.

Municipal Ordinance 8.06 (3) SNOW NOT TO BE DEPOSITED IN STREETS. No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow or ice taken and removed from his premises or elsewhere upon any sidewalk, alley, parkway, public place or street in the City. This does not apply to sidewalk removal on North Water and Pearl Streets in the downtown business area. 

Maintenance Program 
Sidewalks are inspected every eight years.  The City is currently doing an aggressive sidewalk repair/replacement program.  Sidewalks are considered defective if cracked, raised or the surface has crumbled.  Sidewalks are to be kept clear.  Do not park cars across them, trees and shrubs shall not obstruct free passage, do not allow toys or lawn debris to accumulate on them. 

Advise the Department of Public Works at 982-8503 if you encounter an obstructed sidewalk or to report a sidewalk in poor condition.