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Keep your sidewalk snow-free or face $175 charge

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 12:16 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 12:31 p.m. CST

Keep your sidewalks free of snow or you could be facing a $175 charge from the city of Creston.

The current ordinance for sidewalk snow removal requires property owners in Creston to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks within 24 hours after an accumulation event ends. If residents don’t, they can be fined by law enforcement.

But last week, Creston City Council discussed adding a new subsection to that ordinance that would stiffen the penalty for those failing to keep their sidewalks clean. The subsection states if accumulations are not removed from sidewalks within 48 hours the city will remove the accumulations for you at a charge of $75 per hour, plus a surcharge of $100.

“People are becoming lazy late in the winter season,” said Mike Taylor, city administrator. “This has become more of an issue, especially the past couple weeks.”

Gary Lybarger, at-large city councilman, was concerned for elderly residents who may not be able to remove the accumulations within the allotted 48 hours. Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer addressed his concerns.

“We’ll use common sense,” Ver Meer said. “If someone’s elderly or unable, common sense would be — let’s make arrangements for them, possibly talk to a neighbor and give them some extra time to get the snow removed.”

The new subsection has not been approved by Creston City Council yet. A public hearing regarding this subsection is slated for the March 4 city council meeting at the restored Creston Depot.

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