St. Paul requires residents to shovel their public sidewalks within 24 hours of a major snowstorm —- like today’s — but what if they don’t.
You can remind offenders with door hangers that are available at City Council offices downtown and at many district council offices. They’re being provided by St. Paul Smart Trips, a nonprofit organization that improves access and mobility for those who travel in and around St. Paul.
And if those neighbors don’t take kindly to these not-so-subtle hints? Helping them out and shoveling yourself is one option. Or turn them in, I guess.
“Last year we fielded 4,600 complaints for unshoveled sidewalks, which clearly results in increased costs for the city. We need everyone’s help to make sure there are safe, clear sidewalks for all of our residents,” said Ward 4 City Councilmember Russ Stark.
Saint Paul requires property owners bordering public sidewalks to shovel sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall. The full width of the sidewalk needs to be cleared, and if the property is a corner lot, the sidewalk corners and curb ramps also need to be cleared. If the sidewalk isn’t cleared and a complaint is called in, residents will be notified by the city and charged to have the city shovel. Shoveling around fire hydrants is also a neighborly thing to do in order to save first responders time in an emergency, though it’s not required by city code.