Archive for Monday, November 17, 2014

Bonner reminds residents snow shoveling ‘strictly enforced’

November 17, 2014

The city of Bonner Springs wants to ensure that all residential and business property owners are aware of their responsibility to remove snow and ice on public sidewalks adjacent to their property and the consequences for noncompliance.

In the interest of pedestrian safety, city regulations require that public sidewalks be cleared within 48 hours after the end of a 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 ticket that carries a fine of $20, plus a $56 court fee.

Barbara Bille, the city’s property maintenance code officer, will conduct inspections 48 hours after the end of 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.

For residents in need of a snow removal contractor, a list is posted at bonnersprings.org under the Business Directory. Citizens are encouraged to help elderly or disabled neighbors with snow removal either individually or as a volunteer of the City’s Snow Angel Program.

Any questions regarding the sidewalk snow removal regulation or the Snow Angel Program should be directed to Bille at 913-667-1718 or bbille@bonnersprings.org.

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