Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2012

As winter approaches, city reminds residents of snow removal policies

November 8, 2012

The city of Bonner Springs is reminding residential and business property owners of their responsibility to remove snow and ice on public sidewalks adjacent to their property.

Citing the need to promote safety by keeping sidewalks cleared, the city approved new snow removal regulations in January 2012. One of the changes extends the time frame for removal of snow and/or ice from 12 hours to 48 hours after an event occurs. An ice melting product or sand is an appropriate use for clearing ice from sidewalks if it is unable to be removed otherwise. It is also the property owner’s responsibility to clear sand and gravel off the sidewalks after the winter season to help eliminate slippery conditions.

The other regulation change, which will take effect during the 2012-2013 winter season, is the implementation of a $20 fine to property owners who do not clear public sidewalks within 48 hours after a snow or ice event. If a ticket is issued, the property owner will be responsible for court costs as well, much like a speeding ticket.

For property owners who do not comply, one courtesy post card will be mailed as a reminder. If the same violation occurs again, a ticket will be issued to those who do not comply.

During the 2013-2014 winter season, the city will enforce the regulations by only issuing tickets.

A list of snow removal contractors is posted on the city’s website under the Business Directory. Additionally, the Environmental Code Enforcement Officer coordinates the Snow Angels Program for elderly and physically challenged individuals who are not able to clear their sidewalks. The program matches volunteers who are willing to clear sidewalks with individuals who do not have family members close enough to help or are financially unable to hire someone to complete the work.

For more information, please contact Barbara Bille at 913-667-1718.

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