If you don’t, the City will, and you’ll be required to pay for it

    It looks like the snow is here to stay, and the City of Crookston is reminding property owners that they are required by ordinance to remove accumulated snow in a reasonably prompt fashion.

    City ordinance requires that snow and ice be removed from sidewalks within 48 hours after a snowfall ends. If that doesn’t happen, City personnel may clear the snow and ice, and the costs for doing so, along with an administrative fee, will be assessed against the property.

    If you own rental property, the City encourages you to take appropriate measures to ensure snow and ice are being cleared from sidewalks by either assigning a resident manager to do so, or hiring a snow removal contractor. If you’re a tenant, you’re encouraged to check with the property owner to make sure proper snow removal arrangements have been made.

    It is also against City ordinance to deposit snow or ice from private property or vacant lots onto the street or other public property.

    Everyone is encouraged to help their neighbors with snow and ice removal as well, whether they’re elderly or have disabilities. Residents living near fire hydrants are also encouraged to “adopt” the hydrant by keeping it clear of snow, and everyone is asked to not pile up snow too high at corners, which could present a traffic hazard. If you’re heading out of town, arrange to have your vehicles moved off the street during snowfalls, and have someone shovel your sidewalk.

    If you have questions or concerns about these policies, suggestions and requirements, contact the Public Works Department at 281-1232.