City to begin enforcing snow removal ordinance immediately

Sarah Ebeling | Editor

With the increase of additional sidewalks being constructed throughout Parker, the city has announced that effective immediately, they will begin enforcing their 2008 snow removal ordinance. 

The ordinance, in part reads: “In the event any owner, tenant, or person in possession of any property shall neglect or fail to or refuse to remove such snow or ice within the time provided, the City may issue a citation for such violation and may authorize such removal with the costs to be assessed against the abutting property owner.”

Assessment to property owner’s taxes will vary based on when the fine is paid. According to the ordinance, in part, “The owner, tenant, or person in possession of property found in violation of this Section may, within 72 hours of the time when the notice of violation was given, pay to the office of the City Finance Officer, as fine for and in full satisfaction of the violation, the sum of $50.00.  If the owner or person having possession fails to pay the sum within the 72-hour period, he or she may pay to the office of the City Finance Officer, within the next two weeks from the date of violation, as a fine for and in full satisfaction of the violation, the sum of $75.00.  Upon failure of the owner or person having possession to pay either of the sums to the office of the City Finance Officer within the time periods indicated, and upon conviction of a violation of this Section, the owner or person having custody shall be fined $100.00 plus court costs, which fine shall be collected by the Magistrate Court.”

City Finance Officer Adam Jans explained that the city’s expectations is that all sidewalks will be cleared of snow and ice to provide safe walkways to all people in Parker.   

Downtown businesses have 12 hours after the end of the snowfall to remove snow and ice and all other areas have 48 hours. 

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the city office at 605.297.4453.

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