Are There Fines/Penalties for NOT Doing This in St. Cloud?
We have had a crazy amount of snow this season. And more coming...snowmageddon as a lot of people are calling this snow storm. Historic is another word being tossed around. At least for February.
Shoveling and plowing are two activities that we will see a lot today and for the next few days. You might go out several times just to stay ahead of it. Some people will wait until the snow is done falling before going out to shovel or snow blow because you will just have to do it again. But, with that said, the job might be a bit easier if you stay on top of it. But, yes, it does create more work because of the time you need to go out to clean it up.
I happen to live somewhere that I have to clear the sidewalk, and I have areas on either side of the driveway. Some people live on a corner, and that would be more work, but it still needs to be done. It's a pain, but it is what it is. But, as I was driving around recently, I have noticed that some people are not clearing the sidewalk. This makes it difficult if you are walking on the sidewalk and then have to trudge through the unshoveled snow. Or, if you are walking the dog and wind up running into one of these unshoveled sidewalks. It's annoying. So, I had to check to see what the policy is in St. Cloud for clearing the sidewalks near your house.
According to the St. Cloud Public Works website, the resident is responsible for clearing the sidewalks around their home. What if they don't? What happens?
The sidewalks need to be clear of ice and snow within 24 hours of a snowfall.
- Shovel sidewalks on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk.
- Remove ice to bare pavement and treat with salt or sand, if needed.
- If you have corner property, clear curb cuts at corners and crosswalks to the street gutter to facilitate handicap accessibility.
- Pile snow into your yard and boulevard. It's against the law to shovel snow into streets and alleys.
- Make arrangements for someone to take over while you are away.
What if you don't comply? Are there fines? And how much are they? There is a link for that too on St. Cloud's website.
Administrative/inspection fee -$75.00
Removal charge - $85.00 per hour
Minimum fee: one hour removal cost plus administrative/inspection fee.
So, that's hefty. Especially considering if you just hired someone to clear your snow for you on a regular basis, that would be significantly less- potentially. So, if you can't, or simply don't want to, just hire it out. It might be worth it. Especially since it will be easier to get around on foot, and you won't get fined.
But for any of these fines to be cited, someone does need to report it, or a city official needs to see it for themselves. Does that often happen? Probably not. But just be a good neighbor. Please clear your sidewalks. Thank you!