FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 22, 2013
Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406
City will begin enforcing sidewalk snow and ice removal ordinance on Monday
(Lawrence, Kan.) – The City of Lawrence has started receiving inquiries about when the sidewalk snow ordinance will be enforced. The city received approximately 11-inches of snow over the past 36 hours with the snow event ending overnight on Friday, February 22. Therefore, the ordinance will go into effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 25 only if no additional snow accumulation is received over the weekend. The city’s ordinance states that property owners are to remove snow or ice within 48 hours of the end of a snowfall or ice accumulation. This ordinance applies to residential and business properties.
According to code enforcement manager Brian Jimenez, the city will not cite a resident if an attempt has been made to clear the sidewalks.
“We understand that there has been a significant snowfall in Lawrence,” said Jimenez. “We will only cite property owners if a complaint has been made and verified by our staff and it is clear that no reasonable attempt has been made to clear the sidewalks.”
The city’s snow and ice removal ordinance is in place to create an environment of safe walkways for pedestrians. Property owners will be assessed a fine of $20 for each day the violation occurs, plus court costs.
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