City of Galena

Snow Removal Requirements for Property Owners

The Public Works Department clears snow and ice from streets, alleys and publicly owned sidewalks, steps and pedestrian bridges. Property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property by noon of each day. City ordinance prohibits depositing snow on public streets and alleys.

Chapter 97.02 of the Galena Code of Ordinances sets forth the following regulations regarding snow removal as well as the penalties for violations.

   (A)   Every owner or occupant of any house or other building and the owner, proprietor, lessee or person entitled to the possession of any vacant lot, and every person having the charge of any church, jail, public building or public hall in the city which shall front or adjoin upon any public street shall, during the winter season, and during the time snow shall continue on the ground, by 12:00 noon of each day clear the sidewalks in front of or adjoining such house or other building and in front of or adjoining such lot from snow and ice and keep such sidewalks conveniently free therefrom during the day; or shall, in case the snow and ice are so congealed that they cannot be removed without damage to the sidewalk surface, cause the snow and ice to be strewn with ashes or sand; and shall also at all times keep such sidewalks free from dirt, filth or other obstructions or encumbrances so as to allow citizens to use the sidewalks in a safe and commodious manner.

   (B)   If there is an accumulation of snow or ice on any public sidewalk within the city which is not removed by 12:00 noon on any given day, the city may cause same to be removed either by use of city personnel or by contracting with private parties. The actual cost of such removal shall be charged against the above named individuals or entities responsible for the removal of same and shall be due and payable to the city within 30 days after the work is performed. Any amounts not paid within 30 days shall bear interest at the rate of 1% per month until fully paid. The City Attorney shall use whatever legal procedures are available to the city to obtain payment of same, including, but not limited to, obtaining a judgment therefor and execution upon the property of said above named individuals or entities.

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