[HISTORY: 1984 Code §§ 137-1—137-4 as amended through December 31, 2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The owner, occupant or tenant of premises abutting or bordering on any street in the city shall remove all snow and ice from abutting sidewalks of such streets, or in the event of ice which may be so frozen as to make removal impracticable, shall cause the same to be thoroughly covered with sand or ashes, within 12 hours of daylight after it shall fall or be formed.
The owner, occupant or tenant of premises used by the public or business invitees shall remove all snow and ice from the sidewalks, streets and parking areas used by the public in the transaction of business, or in the event of ice which may be so frozen as to make removal impracticable, shall cause the same to be thoroughly covered with sand or ashes, within 12 hours of daylight after it shall fall or be formed.
No owner, tenant or occupant of any premises abutting on any street shall throw, place or deposit any snow or ice into or on any street in the city. The purpose of this provision is to prohibit any person from throwing, casting, placing or depositing snow and ice which accumulates on the private property belonging to that person onto the sidewalks or streets of the city.
In case snow or ice shall not be removed from sidewalks or shall be cast or deposited on the sidewalks or the street by the owner, tenant or occupant of any premises, the same shall be removed under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Works, and the cost of such removal as nearly as can be ascertained shall be certified by the Superintendent of Public Works to the Director of Finance. The Council shall examine such certification and, if it is found to be correct, shall cause such cost to be charged against the real estate so abutting or bordering on such sidewalks. The amount charged shall become a lien and a tax upon the real estate or land and be added to, recorded and collected in the same manner as the taxes next to be levied and assessed upon the premises, and shall bear interest and be enforced and collected by the same officers and in the same manner as other taxes. The imposition and collection of a fine or any other penalty for violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall not constitute any bar to the right of the city to collect the cost, as certified, for the removal of snow or ice in the manner herein authorized.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.