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Friday, January 14, 2011

Keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice is a safety hazard that faces residents and carriers in Cherokee. Neglected sidewalks may earn property owners a hefty fine if left unattended. File photo
Residents reminded to keep sidewalks clear

Slips, trips, and falls are in the back of most minds this time of year due to the icy conditions that come with the terrible winter weather.

For mail carriers, newspaper carriers and delivery persons, this time a year can result in serious injury as a result from suffering a fall.

This is a good time to remind residents of Cherokee to why it's important to keep sidewalks clean and clear of snow and ice.

The City of Cherokee is encouraging area residents and businesses to please keep their sidewalks and approaches to homes clear of snow and ice for the safety of pedestrians and themselves.

City Administrator Don Eikmeier has previously stated that people, including young children, are forced to walk in the streets in certain areas when confronted with plugged or hazardous sidewalks due to snow and ice build-up.

"It's strictly a safety issue," said Eikmeier. "We don't want children or the elderly walking in the streets at winter time."

The Cherokee City Code 136.03-Removal of Snow, Ice and Accumulations states:

It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove snow, ice and accumulations promptly from sidewalks.

If a property owner does not remove snow, ice or accumulations within a reasonable time, hereby designated to be within 24 hours of the accumulation of snow or ice, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner from collection in the same manner as a property tax.

It shall be the responsibility of businesses on Main Street between the intersections of First Street and Main Street and Sixth Street and Main Street, in addition to their additional responsibilities as set out in this chapter, to abide by the following conditions:

1. There shall be no large tractors allowed on sidewalks.

2. No chains shall be mounted on the tires of any snow removal equipment or other vehicle on sidewalks.

3. No steel wheels shall be allowed on the sidewalks.

4. No steel blades shall be allowed on the sidewalks.

5. No front loader attachments shall be allowed on the sidewalks.

6. No steel bladed snow blowers that could damage the sidewalk shall be allowed on sidewalks.

Any of the above acts shall be considered a violation of this Code of Ordinances subject to the standard penalties set out in Section 1.10.

Code of Ordinances Section 1.10-Standard Penalty states: Unless another penalty is expressly provided by the Code of Ordinances for any particular provision, section or chapter, any person failing to perform a duty, or obtain a license required by, or violating any provision of the Code of Ordinances, or any rule or regulation adopted herein by reference shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.

As stated in Code of Ordinances Section 136.04-Responsibility For Maintenance: It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to maintain in a safe and hazard-free condition any sidewalk outside the lot of property lines and inside the curb lines or traveled portion of the public street.

Eikmeier also stated that the City has can issue citations with fines of $100 for people who haven't been clearing their sidewalk.

"We have a few folks who haven't complied with the ordinance but for the most part the residents of Cherokee have been doing a excellent job of keep their sidewalks cleared," said Eikmeier.

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