It looks like we'll have some significant snow for the first time this winter. Here's a reminder of the city ordinances relating to snow removal.

-Snow is NOT to be put on the city streets from driveways or business parking lots. In other words, if it lands on your driveway, you own it and it can only be placed on your property until it melts.

-Remember not to leave your car on the streets during snow storms or until the roads have been plowed. The streets need to be cleared for snow removal.

-While shoveling, clear the fire hydrant, just in case you need it!

Below are the city ordinances addressing snow removal, and parking on the streets:

69.13 SNOW REMOVAL.No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley, or City-owned off-street parking area during snow removal operations unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall.

(Code of Iowa, 321.236[1])

70.06 IMPOUNDING VEHICLES. A peace officer is hereby authorized to remove, or cause to be removed, a vehicle from a street, public alley, public parking lot or highway to the nearest garage or other place of safety, or to a garage designated or maintained by the City, under the circumstances hereinafter enumerated:

1.Snow Removal. When any vehicle is left parked in violation of a ban on parking during snow removal operations.

136.03 REMOVAL OF SNOW, ICE, AND ACCUMULATIONS.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, the City may do so and assess the cost against the property owner for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[2b & e])

135.12 DUMPING OF SNOW.It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the business district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent. Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12[2])


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TT January 9, 2024, 11:55 am Okay, but keep the city's snow from the street outta my driveway and lawn.

Editor's Note: Technically from the sidewalk to the street is city property, but you get to clean it off :)
TVE January 9, 2024, 2:52 pm Bitch and moan all u want people. We live in Iowa and we get snow storms. It’s Mother Nature. If you think u can do any better plowing the streets, try getting into the snow plow and do it yourself. From Tom Van Eschen a former street department employee