In what seems like an endless 2020, winter is finally approaching.
Winter weather is on its way, and like last year, the Farmers’ Almanac is again predicting “normal to below-normal temperatures” and “above-normal snowfall” in Northern Colorado.
Most Coloradoans know that when it comes to snow, preparation is key, and being equipped with an understanding of snow removal responsibilities in Fort Collins should be on your winter checklist.
Sidewalks in the public right-of-way must be shoveled and sufficiently cleared within 24 hours after any accumulation of snow and ice. If not removed within 24 hours, owners may be billed for accumulation needing to be cleared from sidewalk(s) adjacent to their property.
Properties generally receive one courtesy warning per season if sidewalks aren’t cleared within 24 hours of a snow event, prior to abatement charges being assessed.
As community health and safety is certainly on the minds of many during the current pandemic, maintaining safe and clear sidewalks should be no exception in ensuring safety and neighborhood livability.
While folks are spending more time working and schooling from home these days, you may also notice properties in your neighborhood becoming vacant during the holiday months. Property owners, tenants, and/or landlords should plan and arrange for snow removal accordingly.
Communication with neighbors around snow removal requirements and offering help to those in need is a kind gesture and encourages neighborliness in your community.
Tips to help keep your sidewalk safe:
- If ice is present, apply snowmelt, sand, or kitty litter.
- If property abuts an alley, please shovel to the middle of the alley.
- Clearing the sidewalk is much easier before it has been packed down by pedestrian traffic or vehicle tires.
- If you are leaving town, please make arrangements with relatives, friends or neighbors and perhaps offer to return the favor.
- Even if the wind blows snow back onto your sidewalk after you’ve cleared it, you’re responsible to keep the surface clear and safe.
- If city plows cover your sidewalk with snow, please call the Streets Department at 970-221-6615 for assistance.
If you have questions or are experiencing ongoing issues around snow removal, feel free to contact your neighborhood’s Code Compliance Inspector at 970-224-6046. The inspector will be happy to assist. You can also call the Nuisance Hotline at 970-416-2200 to report any observed hazards after 24 hours following a snow event.
Stay safe and warm this winter.
Justin Moore is a lead code compliance inspector with the city of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services. Contact Neighborhood Services at 970-224-6046.