Auburn Police Remind Residents To Clear Sidewalks Of Snow & Ice

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Auburn Police Remind Residents To Clear Sidewalks Of Snow & Ice

January 30, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 3:39 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ind. (21Alive) -- Thursday the Auburn police issued a statement about clearing sidewalks of snow and ice. Below is the full release:

Auburn Police are receiving complaints concerning city sidewalks that are snow covered causing them to be either impassible or too slippery and dangerous to use. Snow covered sidewalks make it very difficult for U.S. Mail to be delivered, utility meters to be checked, and for children walking to school or playing in neighborhoods. Many times, snow covered sidewalks are causing pedestrians to practice the unsafe act of walking in the street.

We would like to remind residents that Auburn City Ordinance 95.12 requires sidewalks to be cleared of snow and ice. Those who fail to clear their sidewalks could be charged for the expense of snow removal.

We understand that the amount of snowfall and extremely cold temperatures this winter season has made it difficult to keep up with clearing sidewalks. However, with a short break from the cold temperatures and snow accumulation, we are asking and urging all citizens to take the time and effort to clear their sidewalks. We also encourage citizens to help their neighbors. You may know of an elderly or handicapped person who lives in your area that is unable to shovel or clear snow. If you are able, please take the time to see if you could help them by shoveling and clearing their walks.

Citizens are also being reminded that vehicles parked on public property that have not been moved for 24 hours or those parked vehicles that constitute a hazard or obstruction to the movement of vehicular traffic are considered abandoned under state law and are subject to tow at the owners expense. We are asking citizens who park on the street and have been plowed-in to move their vehicles to an area that is clear so that the streets can continue to be cleared.

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