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Posted on: November 7, 2022

Snow Sidewalk Safety

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During inclement weather pedestrian safety remains the number one priority for keeping sidewalks cleared to provide the best protection against slips and falls and ensure that no one is forced to walk in the street. All residential and business property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice on public sidewalks adjacent to their property. 

City regulations require that public sidewalks be cleared within 48 hours after the end of each snowfall when accumulation exceeds 2 inches or when the surface is coated with ice. Failure to meet the 48-hour requirement will result in the issuance of a citation that carries a fine and court fee.

The City’s Code Enforcement Officer will conduct inspections 48 hours after the end of each ice storm and each snow storm when the accumulation is in excess of two inches. In cases where back-to-back storms occur, inspections will be conducted 48 hours after the end of the last snowfall. If the public sidewalk adjacent to your property directly borders a street and is covered with additional snow as a result of the City’s snow removal procedure, the sidewalk will be deemed in compliance if a pathway, a minimum of 18 inches wide, is created along the inner side of the sidewalk to allow for safe passage. Additionally, access to all ADA ramps and street crossings must be cleared. In the event of an ice storm, appropriate steps must be taken, regardless of the accumulation, to treat the sidewalk with an ice melting product or sand. At the end of the winter season, property owners must clear any remaining sand and gravel off the sidewalk to help eliminate slippery conditions.

You may contact Mark Stites at 913-422-1020 x1345 or mstites@bonnersprings.org if you have any questions or concerns. Your cooperation is always greatly appreciated.

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