City Code: 650:15

Section 650 - Snow, Ice, Dirt and Rubbish Removal From
Sidewalks, Repair of Sidewalks

Section 650:00. Definitions.

Subd. 1. Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the words, combinations of words, terms and phrases, as used in Section 650:00 et seq. shall have the meanings set forth in the subdivisions of this section which follow.

Subd. 2. "Current service" means one (1) or more of the following: Snow, ice or rubbish removal from sidewalks; weed elimination from street, grass plots adjacent to sidewalks or from private property; repair of sidewalks.

Section 650:05. Snow, Ice, Dirt and Rubbish Removal.

Subd. 1. All snow, ice, dirt and rubbish remaining on a public sidewalk more than twenty-four (24) hours after its deposit thereon is a public nuisance. The owner and the occupant of any property adjacent to a public sidewalk shall use due diligence to keep such walk safe for pedestrians. No such owner or occupant shall allow snow, ice, dirt or rubbish to remain on the walk longer than twenty-four (24) hours after its deposit thereon, provided, however, that snow and ice removal in residential areas is required within forty-eight (48) hours.

Subd. 2. The City Engineer may cause to be removed from all public sidewalks all snow, ice, dirt and rubbish as soon as possible beginning twenty-four (24) hours after any such matter has been deposited thereon or after the snow has ceased to fall. A record showing the cost of such removal adjacent to each separate lot and parcel shall be kept and delivered to the Clerk-Treasurer.

Section 650:10. Weed Elimination. Repealed by Ordinance No. 1237, dated 8/1/00. (See Section 1065 of the 1992 Ordinance Code.)

Section 650:15. Repair of Sidewalks.

Subd. 1. The owner of any property within the corporate limits of this municipality abutting a public sidewalk shall keep the sidewalk in repair and safe for pedestrians. Repairs shall be made in accordance with standard specifications approved by the Council and on file in the office of the City Engineer.

Subd. 2. The City Engineer shall direct such inspections as are necessary to determine that public sidewalks are kept in repair and safe for pedestrians. If he finds that any sidewalk abutting on private property is unsafe and in need of repairs, he shall cause a notice to be served, by registered mail or by personal service, upon the record owner of the property and the occupant, if the owner does not reside within the corporate limits of this municipality or cannot be found therein, ordering such owner to have the sidewalk repaired and made safe within thirty (30) days and stating that if the owner fails to do so, the municipality may do so, that the expense thereof must be paid by the owner, and that if unpaid it will be made a special assessment against the property concerned.

Subd. 3. If the sidewalk is not repaired within thirty (30) days after receipt of the notice, the City Engineer shall order his agents or employees to repair the sidewalk and make it safe for pedestrians or order the work done by contract.

Section 650:20. Assessment. The Council may then spread the charges against property benefited as a special assessment under Minnesota Statutes, Section 429.101 and other pertinent statutes.

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