Jan 12, 2023

Chadron police remind community about snow removal

Posted Jan 12, 2023 5:31 PM

By Chadron Police Department

The Chadron Police Department would like to remind all property owners and renters to ensure they remove snow and ice from their sidewalks for the safety of all walkers that utilize them.

City of Chadron ordinance 13-209 states; It shall be unlawful for the occupant of any lot or lots, or the owner of any vacant lot or lots within the corporate limits of the City to allow snow, sleet, mud, ice, slush or other substance to accumulate on the sidewalk contiguous thereto, or to permit any compact snow, sleet, ice, mud, or other substance to remain upon the sidewalk or a period of time in excess of twenty-four (24) hours after the cessation of a storm.

In addition, we ask all property owners and renters to be aware of piling snow to a height of three feet or more creating an obstruction of the view of motorists at intersections of streets or alleys. Obstruction of view at intersections is dangerous and can lead to motor vehicle accidents and potential injury to motorists and pedestrians.

City ordinance 16-332 states; Snow shall not be moved or piled on any location upon private property which obstructs the view of drivers of motor vehicles at intersections within the corporate limits of the City. Property owners or residents who have caused snow to be piled in such a manner as to obstruct the view of motor vehicle drivers at intersections as described above shall be contacted to remove the snow, and should they fail to comply within 24 hours from the date of the request being made, the snow shall be removed by the City at the property owner’s expense.

We are asking all property owners and renters to avoid placing snow around fire hydrants. The fire department needs to have access to the hydrants to best serve the residents of Chadron. City ordinance 16-618 states; No person shall place or keep any fence, growth, trash, snow, storage of other materials or objects near any fire hydrant, Fire and Rescue Department connection, or fire protection system control valve that would prevent such equipment or hydrant from being immediately discernable or in any other manner deter or hinder the Fire and rescue Department from gaining access to said equipment or hydrant.

We understand the storms over the last few weeks have brought a lot of snow and conditions have not been ideal for adequate removal. We would ask, in the coming days and weeks as the weather clears and affords the opportunity, that property owners and renters work on removal of the snow to ensure their properties are not in violation of the ordinances.