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Snow removal rules may change in flood neighborhoods

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Most cities have ordinances requiring property owners to clear snow off public sidewalks, but for those who lost their homes in the floods, those ordinances may not apply.

As winter approaches, both the City of Cedar Rapids and community leaders are pulling together, in an effort to make snow removal less of a burden for flood-impacted families.

Frank King, President of the NorthWest Neighborhood Association, says they're ready to help such people. "If they have a need, and it's a thing that's difficult for them, all they have to do is call, and we will make sure their walks are taken care of."

King hopes to soon have grant money to expand their service.

"Many of them lost their equipment," he told us. "Lawn mowers, snow blowers, and many of them are elderly people who it was difficult for before the flood."

Cedar Rapids residents currently have 48 hours to clear their sidewalks after a snow or ice event. The fine for failing to do is between $150 to $205. But the city may soon pass a resolution that would make owners of abandoned homes exempt from the rule, according to Street Maintenance Manager Craig Hanson.

"It'll then give us in public works and the city manager the ability to close additional sidewalks that we find are not in use, because there's no one living there," Hanson said. "I'd rather enforce it up on 1st Avenue where people are walking to and from schools, where it really matters."

Hanson says the city council will vote on that resolution during their next regular meeting, and that the rules of snow removal will likely change throughout the winter.

Here are some links to help with snow removal in Cedar Rapids.

Helping Hands

Northwest Neighborhood Assn.

List of Snow Removal Companies

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

 

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