Ask the Chief
I recently inspected the community of Minneota and found over 40 properties that violated the city ordinance requiring snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks 12 hours after the storm.
A warning notice was left at the properties and future violations may result in a citation. I want everyone to understand that we are not trying to make your life harder. Our goal is to ensure that those who choose to walk in our community may do so without fear of slipping and being hurt.
Thanks to warmer weather you now have the time to think about how you plan to keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice. If you have someone removing the snow from your sidewalk with a loader you may still need to go out and scrape the sidewalk clear since most loaders are unable to remove all the snow. You will also need to check your sidewalks daily, after a storm, because the wind may blow the snow back in or snow from tress may have fallen onto the sidewalks.
I know that there are many people who are unable to remove their snow because of age or health concerns. I am encouraging neighbors to adopt their "neighbors in need" and help them with their snow removal. I encourage churches and other organizations to help their members who are unable to help themselves.
If we work together we can keep our sidewalks clear and avoid the unpleasant experience of getting a citation. Times are hard. Money is tight. No one needs a ticket, and receiving one is easily prevented.