The Mille Lacs County Board has set a Nov. 19 public hearing date for a proposed snow removal and sidewalk ordinance that will affect Princeton.
The city has an ordinance, but it doesn’t cover County Road 29 and County Road 31. The proposed ordinance would outline the procedures for snow and ice removal from residential and commercial sidewalks.
The public hearing is scheduled to take place at the Mille Lacs County Courthouse during the board of commissioners regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 19, which has a 9 a.m. starting time.
“We felt an ordinance was necessary since we are the road authority for those roads and can make sure people follow the state statutes,” said County Administrator Pat Oman during the county board’s Nov. 5 meeting. The proposed ordinance states the owner and the occupant of any property adjacent to a public sidewalk along a county road shall use diligence to keep the walk safe for pedestrians.
Residential and commercial owners or occupants shall remove all snow and ice from the sidewalk within 12 hours of 8 a.m. of the first day after the snow event ends.
The proposed ordinance also states snow and ice not removed within 12 hours of 8 a.m. of the first day after the snow event ends, will be declared to be nuisances affecting the public peace and safety.
Snow and ice that’s cleared from public sidewalks along county roads may be placed on the roadway for collection by the county, the proposed ordinance states. However, no person shall place on county roads snow or ice which has fallen on private walkways, driveways, or parking lots.
The public works superintendent will determine if and when snow will be removed from the area by truck. Such snow removal will occur in areas where there is no room on the boulevard for snow storage and in areas where accumulated piles of snow create a hazardous condition.
As proposed in the new ordnance, snow removal operations will not commence until other snowplowing operations have been completed. Snow removal operations may also be delayed depending on weather conditions, personnel and budget availability.
The snow will be removed and hauled to a snow storage area. The snow storage area will be located so
Failure to violate, disobey, omit, neglect, or refuse to comply with the proposed ordinance will constitute a violation.
All interested persons may appear and be heard at the public hearing, either orally or in writing, or may file their written comments to the county administrator.
T.A. LeBrun is the editor of the Mille Lacs Messenger and covers county government for the Union-Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.