Large Price to Pay for Not Shoveling Snow - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Large Price to Pay for Not Shoveling Snow

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We've had lots of snowfall in the last couple of days, and city leaders say if you don't shovel your sidewalks pretty soon, you could be fined.

City officials said the reason they have to enforce the rules is so school children can walk on the sidewalks, not on the streets.

Billings Resident, Lisa Pulster said, "Who likes shoveling!! Come on. Be realistic. Nobody likes shoveling, but it's something that has to be done.

According to Billings City Code, home dwellers are required to remove all snow, ice or slush within 24 hours after a snowstorm.

"I'm responsible for maintaining it all so you know people don't slip on the property even though the town actually owns some. We're still responsible for our sidewalks so people can get through," said Pulster.

City officials said if you don't shovel your sidewalks, your neighbors can file a complaint about your property, and you'll get a letter in the mail - if you've been reported.

City officials said you can be cited up to a $110 if you shovel your snow like this onto the street.

Zoning and Coordinator and Code Enforcement Supervisor, Nicole Cromwell said, "You're not allowed to push it across the public side walk, across an alley, or across a public street."

Cromwell said last year they received less than 100 complaints, but when the weather gets really bad, the city can see more than 400 complaints.

"So if you're a business owner and have a parking lot you have to pile that snow into an area of your parking lot or onto your landscaped area," said Cromwell.

City officials said before you file a complaint, check with your neighbors to see if they have a health, or age-related reason for not shoveling their walks, and offer them help if you can.

City officials said that they haven't cited anyone since 2010.

 

 

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