posted February 18, 2020 5:35 AM
The snow that started to fall on Monday, February 17, 2020 has stopped. The 5.2 inches of snow and ice that accumulated from this event shall be removed from the public sidewalks by 12:00 (noon) on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Prompt removal is always in your own best interest. If possible, please help your neighbors that may be incapable of removing the snow. Ice that cannot be removed must be treated with sand and/or other suitable substances in order to prevent the ice from being dangerous. Free sand is available at the following locations: http://www.cityofmadison.com/residents/winter/SnowIce/sand.cfm
Snow Removal Regulations
To make public sidewalks safe for pedestrians, the owner or occupant of property immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk is responsible for the removal of any snow or ice that accumulates on the sidewalk. Residents are required to clear snow from their sidewalk by noon of the day after the snow stopped. And remember, snow plows might create a blockage even after your drive has been cleaned.
In the event that removal of ice is impossible, the property owner or occupant is required to use sand, salt or other suitable substance to prevent the ice from being dangerous. This should be done by noon of the day after the snow/ice stopped.
How much of my sidewalk do I have to clear?
The Ordinance requires the property owner to clear the entire width of the sidewalk, from edge to edge.
You are as responsible for clearing ice on your sidewalk as clearing snow.
Ice can be more dangerous and intimidating than snow.
- The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely ice will form.
- Make arrangements for someone to take over while you are on vacation.
- If the sidewalk has not been cleared by the required time, the property owner will be issued a citation with a fine.
- Crews will remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk. Property owners will be billed for this service, and unpaid bills will be added to the owner's property tax.