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On February 20, 2018, the City Council referred the following to Public Safety and Transportation, Public Facilities and Finance Committees:

#156‐18 Ordinance amendments for enforcement and fines for sidewalk clearing violations COUNCILORS DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, CROSSLEY, NORTON, AND LIPOF, requesting amendments to Chapter 17, Section 3 and Chapter 26 Section 8D of the Revised Ordinances to provide for enforcement and fines for violations of the sidewalk clearing ordinance.  

Tonight, Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the PS&T has scheduled for discussion.

Chapter 26 Section 8D includes: Enforcement shall be limited to issuance of notices of non-compliance for violations of any provision of this section.

Chapter 17 Article 3 Civil Fines includes:

Sec. 26-8. Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks in certain districts.

First offense in calendar year – $100.00 

Second offense in calendar year – $200.00 

Third and subsequent offenses in calendar year – $300.00

Sec. 26-9. Putting snow and ice upon streets, sidewalks and bridges

First offense in calendar year – $100.00 

Second offense in calendar year – $200.00 

Third offense and subsequent offenses in calendar year – $300.00

Causing or permitting snow or ice to be placed upon a public way (street, sidewalk or bridge)

First offense in calendar year – $100.00 

Second offense in calendar year – $200.00 

Third offense and subsequent offenses in calendar year – $300.00

Current Ordinances

City Snow Ordinance

The City of Newton’s ordinances pertaining to snow and ice operations are intended to minimize safety hazards, reduce situations that impede operations associated with snow and ice control, and to provide for continued mobility for residents and visitors to traverse the City’s streets and sidewalks. Property owners are required by City ordinances to clear snow and ice from the walk and ADA curb cuts within 30 hours after a storm has ceased. Properties within identified business districts are required to clear snow and ice from the walk and ADA curb cuts within 24 hours. Depositing snow or ice on any public roadway or sidewalk is not permitted. View the City snow ordinances by visiting the following link. City Ordinances

Sidewalk Plowing Operations

The designated City sidewalk routes are divided into six separate routes distributed within the City snow zones. City staff performs snow and ice control on 54 plus miles of designated city sidewalk routes including 1,400 plus curb cuts contained within those routes. Private contractors may be used to supplement City forces. The City’s goal is to have the city maintained sidewalk routes cleared within 30 hours after the storm has ceased. Click here for city maintained sidewalk routes

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