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Snow Removal

Snow Removal

Snow Removal





 

Snow and Sidewalks 

 
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Residential Sidewalks 
Osseo residents are reminded that citizens living in residential districts are required to completely clear public sidewalks within 24 hours of any snowfall. Failure to comply will result in potential citations to the property owner. If the City must clear the sidewalk after the property owner fails to do so, the property owner will be billed for that snow removal service. City crews will strive not to push snow up onto residential sidewalks.


Downtown Business Area
In the Fall 2014 the Osseo City Council adopted an ordinance which listed the requirements for snow removal from the sidewalks in the Central Business District and the R-2 Residential District (apartment areas along 1st Avenues). We hope to keep the Central Business District snow-free to allow residents and customers to park and walk in a safe and convenient manner.

City crews will remove the snow from streets as soon as possible and it is the responsibility of the property owners in the Central Business District and the R-2 Residential District to remove the snow from the sidewalk in front of their business. The City will vigorously enforce this ordinance and will have the snow removed from your property if you do not remove it.

Here is how this ordinance works:

1. During daylight hours (8 AM to 5 PM, 7 days a week) you are required to remove the snow from the sidewalk within 4 (four) hours of when it was deposited. This means you have to remove it 4 hours after it starts snowing, even if it is still snowing. You will need to have the sidewalk shoveled all day between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM.

2. If the snow falls outside of these hours, your responsibility will be to have the sidewalk snow removed as soon as possible after 8 AM and clearly by 12 Noon.

3. The snow should be completely removed from the sidewalk to the street.

Here are some examples:

A) If it starts snowing at midnight and stops at 5 AM, you should have the snow removed as soon as possible but by 12 Noon at the latest.
B) If it starts snowing at 9 AM and continues to snow until 6 PM, you should have the snow removed initially by 1 PM and then completely by 12 Noon the next day.
C) If it starts snowing at 1 PM and stops at 4 PM, snow should be removed by 5 PM same day.

What are the next steps?

1. If the snow is not removed by the required time, the police department will issue a ticket which will cost the property owner approximately $239.
2. If the snow is not removed within 24 hours of the issuance of the ticket, the City will have the snow removed and assess the property owner for the cost.
3. This ordinance will be enforced each snowfall 7 days a week.

We thank you for your help in making Osseo a walkable community under all conditions. If you have any questions on these rules, please call City Administrator Riley Grams at 763-425-3861.

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