(a)   It shall be the duty of the owner or occupant of any lots abutting on any public sidewalk to cause to be removed from such sidewalk all snow and ice, and to keep such sidewalk at all times free from accumulation of snow and ice.

(b)   No person shall move or deposit, or shall cause the movement or depositing, of any snow or ice from such person’s property onto any public streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, right-of-ways, drainage ditches or other drainage structures.

(Code 1975, 20-701; Ord. 4817-13)

Whenever any person whose duty it is to keep the sidewalks free from snow and ice as provided in the preceding section, shall fail to so do, the city marshal-chief of police shall serve or cause to be served on such person, a notice requiring the same to be done forthwith, and if such person shall fail to remove the snow and ice from such sidewalk or cause the same to be removed within 24 hours after the service of the notice, he or she shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Such notice may be served by delivering the same or a copy thereof to such occupant or owner, or by leaving the same at his or her usual place of business or abode, and in case such owner is a nonresident or cannot be found, by posting such notice in a conspicuous place upon the lot in front of which the sidewalk shall be.

(Code 1975, 20-702)

If the occupant or owner shall fail to remove the snow and ice from such sidewalk within the time provided in the preceding section, the same may be removed by or under the direction of the city engineer, and the expense thereof taxed against the lot abutting or in front of which the sidewalk shall be and such expense shall be levied, certified and collected the same as special assessments for repairing and building sidewalks.

(Code 1975, 20-703)

(a)   Any person who violates any provision of this Article shall upon conviction thereof be fined in an amount not to exceed $250.00.  Each day upon which such a violation occurs shall constitute a separate violation.

(b)   Any person who violates any provision of this Article shall be liable to the City for the costs of the abatement of such violation.  An authorized public officer shall give notice by certified or restricted mail to such the owner or occupant of the property from which such violation occurred of the abatement costs.  Such costs shall be due within 30 days following receipt of the notice.  Any such person shall be entitled to a hearing before the designated Environmental Hearing Officer as to the amount or propriety of such abatement costs if such a hearing is requested in writing within such 30-day period.  If such a hearing is timely requested, the due date shall be extended until 30 days following the conclusion of such hearing.  Any such costs not paid by the due date shall be charged against the lot or parcel of ground from which the violation occurred, and the city clerk shall, at the time of certifying other taxes and assessments to the county clerk shall certify such unpaid costs to be charged and collected as a special assessment against such property.  The notice of the abatement costs shall include notice of the right to a hearing, and notice of the potential assessment of the subject property as to any such unpaid abatement costs.

(Code 1975, 20-704; Ord. 4817-13)