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The rules of winter

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by John Wilmer        

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Each city in eastern Iowa has their own set of ordinances when it comes to snow removal. By not following these rules, it could end up costing you.

In Waterloo, businesses only have 24 hours to get their sidewalks cleared. Residents have 72 hours to clear their walks.  All of these rules are important to know so you don't have face those pesky fines.

It's the job of Waterloo Code Enforcement to make sure that people follow the rules. Their biggest problem in the winter is making sure people clear their sidewalks. They will give out warnings to begin with but if people still do not clear their walks they will contract the work out and send the property owner the bill.

Another issue that officers face is the growing snow piles and the dangers they cause.

"It can't be an obstruction. We just ask that citizens use caution on intersections and driveways because with the amount of snow that we are getting we understand piles going to be higher than normal," Officer Barry Stratton said.

There is no ordinance that restricts the height of the snow pile, but officers will ask the property owner to knock them down when it becomes a problem.

Another issue is where to put the snow.  In Waterloo residents are only allowed to push the snow onto their own property.

Code Enforcement officers also ask that residents clear snow from around fire hydrants.  It is not an ordinance, but a wise thing to do incase of a fire.         

Just this afternoon, the Dubuque Fire Department asked businesses to clear snow and ice from emergency and fire exits.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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