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With a lot of winter still ahead of us, the City of Salida is sending a not-so-gentle reminder to Salida property owners: it’s your responsibility to remove snow and ice from sidewalks. That includes residential neighborhoods and business areas. If you’re a tenant —  make sure you know if you, or your landlord, are responsible for shoveling.

Fat Tees staff hard at work shoveling sidewalk on F Street. Merrell Bergin photo

It should go without saying that sidewalks, where snow hasn’t been removed, become icy and dangerous for those attempting to use them. Unshoveled sidewalks can become completely impassable for the elderly, or those with disabilities; walking with canes, on crutches, or maneuvering with wheelchairs.

This means that ignoring snow removal poses safety hazards, especially when conditions lead to a layer of ice. One other piece of snow etiquette — when you shovel, place the snow in your parkway or yard — not within the roadway. Also, be aware that sidewalk areas that don’t get much (if any) sun can remain icy and represent a slipping and falling hazard unless extra effort is made to clear them to the pavement.

City residents are also encouraged to use off-street parking during snowstorms to do their part so that streets can be plowed more quickly. Cars parked on the roadway during snow plowing operations limit the ability to effectively plow the street which can lead to prolonged ice build-up.

Salida Public Works crew clears snow along curbs of Second and G Street, heading eastward. Merrell Bergin photo

During larger snow events, City of Salida staff will be working to remove snow from the downtown area early the following morning. This work is generally located between E Street and G Street and between Sackett Street and Fourth Street. Access will be intermittent during work activities and on-street parking will be prohibited.

The section of the Salida Municipal Code governing this requirement is provided below for reference.

Sec. 11-1-60. Removal of snow and ice. (Streets, Sidewalks and Public Property — Streets, Sidewalks and Public Ways)

(a) The tenant or occupant or, if unoccupied, the owner or agent, of real property within the fire protection limits of the City, as now existing or hereafter established, and of other real property within the corporate limits of the City, from or along which sidewalks are or shall be constructed, shall, within four (4) hours (from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. of each day excepted) after any fall of snow, cause the same, and any ice which may have formed, to be removed from the sidewalk or space for sidewalk fronting or along such property into the gutters and street, but not into the center of the street so as to interfere with the passage of vehicles more than can be avoided and so as not to obstruct any street crossing.)

(b) Any person failing to comply with any of the provisions of this Section shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than five dollars ($5.00) and not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each offense.

A copy of the Municipal Code is available online by visiting: https://www.municode.com/library/co/salida/codes/code_of_ordinances