Remember to keep sidewalks shoveled
With the recent substantial snowfall, now is a good time for residents and business owners to make sure they’re keeping up with sidewalk shoveling this season. Sidewalks are a critical part of our city’s transportation system. That’s why Minneapolis ordinance requires that property owners clear sidewalks after a snowfall within 24 hours for houses and duplexes and four daytime hours for apartment and commercial buildings. For your own benefit and to help your neighbors who are walking, pushing strollers and using wheelchairs, please do your part.
When you shovel snow and clear ice, shovel the sidewalks on all sides of your property, the full width of the sidewalk down to the bare pavement. When possible, remove all ice from sidewalks. Remember, you are as responsible for clearing ice on your sidewalk as clearing snow. Ice can be more of a barrier and more dangerous than snow. The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely ice will form.
Don’t forget your garbage and recycling carts
Garbage and recycling collection crews are out working, even after a heavy snowfall. Make sure to clear a path three feet wide from your garbage and recycling containers to the alley or street. Also make sure the containers can be moved freely.
When it snows, some seniors in the city need help shoveling their walks. Want to lend them a hand this winter? The City is working with the Neighborhood Involvement Program to find individual volunteers or volunteer groups to commit to shoveling for at least one client for one month or for the entire winter. It's a great way to spend some time in the snow with friends and make a difference for a senior in your community. Visit the Neighborhood Involvement Program website for more information, and contact Jeanne Rasmussen at email@example.com or 612-746-8549 to sign up to help.
Seniors can call Senior Linkage at 1-800-333-2433 to find out if they can get help shoveling.
Report sidewalks that are not shoveled
To report a sidewalk that is not shoveled, you can file an online complaint, call 311 or use the 311 mobile app. If the City of Minneapolis gets a report or discovers that a sidewalk is not properly cleared, Public Works will send a warning letter and give the property owners a chance to clear it. If the sidewalk does not get cleared, the property owner may be issued a citation with a fine and crews will remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk. The property owner will be billed for this work, and unpaid bills will be added to the owner’s property tax.
Snow shoveling videos
When it snows, make sure to clear your sidewalks of snow and ice to keep them safe and avoid a possible fine from the City. Learn more in this edition of the Minneapolis "Did you know..." video series. The City of Minneapolis has videos in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
Published Jan. 31, 2014