Snow in the City Safety Sidewalk Talk Encourages Enforcement

Published on Feb 22, 2019 at 11:20a.m.

Letters will be going out to all business and property owners soon! 

Dear Property and Business Owners,

Thank you for your continued support each year during our Snow in the City campaign. Keeping residents and visitors safe during our snow and ice season is an import effort we all share. Our Public Works Streets Department and our Parks Department dedicate many hours each day keeping roads and pathways clear of snow, ice, and debris.

Time is of the essence when it comes to snow removal and in cooperation with the long-standing code originating in 1959, we request that you adhere to the goal of clearing your sidewalks on your property within 24 hours after the occurrence of a snow event.

The city will be responding immediately to complaints of dangerous snow or ice buildup by sending a team to clear the area. Following, an invoice will be issued to the property owner payable on receipt. If the invoice is not paid the cost will be added to the property owner’s property tax statement.

The following rates and fees are hereby adopted as the fees for removal of snow, rubbish and ice from sidewalks.

$67 for up to 30 minutes, after 30 minutes the charge will be $100 an hour or part thereof – see examples below:

  •   0 to 30 minutes = $67
  •   0 to 60 minutes = $100
  •  60 to 120 minutes = $200

Need help clearing snow? A list of all approved licensed and insured snow removal companies can be found online at the business directory page and on the Snow in the City page.

If you’d like to report an area of concern click here or simply call 208-634-7142.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our sidewalks safe!

In the event of failure of such owner, tenant or occupant to remove this snow, rubbish or ice from any such sidewalk within twenty four (24) hours of the occurrence of such condition; then, the city may remove or have removed such snow, rubbish and ice and assess the cost thereof against the premises abutting the sidewalks. In such event the clerk of the city council shall certify such assessment to the assessor of Valley County and such assessment shall be placed on the assessment roll and collected in the same manner as other municipal taxes are collected. (Ord. 209, 7-6-1959)
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