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Attorney: City can enforce snow-removal ordinance

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:33 am

Responding to legal questions raised by a recent News-Sentinel story, City Council attorney Joe Bonahoom has concluded that the city does indeed have the authority to enforce an ordinance requiring property owners to keep sidewalks clear of snow.

Although state law protects owners from liability for injuries related to people slipping on snow-covered walks, Bonahoom said that does not prevent cities from trying to keep the sidewalks clear.

The city has had an ordinance requiring removal of snow from sidewalks since

1974 but it has never been enforced. Some Council members met again Thursday to consider possible updates and changes to the existing law.