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With more snow in the forecast, the City of Pocatello Street Operations Department and Pocatello Police Department are reminding businesses and residents of their responsibility to keep sidewalks clear and to not shovel or blow snow into the Gate City’s roads.
Pocatello City Code 8.14.060 states, “The responsible party of any premises within the municipality abutting or adjoining any public sidewalk shall be required to remove all snow and ice from any such sidewalk.” The code also says “The responsible party, following notification from city staff, has a period of twenty four (24) hours from the time of notice within which to correct or otherwise remove all snow and ice.” Renters are advised to contact their landlord or consult their rental agreement to determine whether the landlord or tenant is responsible for snow and ice removal.
Officials also add that it is illegal to move, blow, shovel or throw snow into the street. Under Pocatello City Code 9.16.190 “No person shall cause or allow grass clippings, dirt, dust, solid waste, or other material generated on or originating on nonpublic property to be placed, swept, blown with a portable blower or other device, or otherwise deposited onto or into any part of the public rights of way of the city of Pocatello.” Residents are asked to deposit the snow onto the yard or lawn area of their residence or business.
Tom Kirkman, Street Operations Superintendent states: “When the plow comes by it can push that snow back onto the sidewalk and into your driveway, often times creating a larger berm that can be difficult to get over in a vehicle. The snow can also be a safety hazard for City drivers. If the snow becomes solid, it can be like hitting a wall and it can damage the plow truck as well as injure the driver behind the wheel.”
Violators of both portions of the code may be issued a citation and residents who commit multiple violations can be charged with a misdemeanor.
If you have questions about snow removal on your property, please contact the Code Enforcement division at 234-6287. You can also report potential code violations online at pocatello.us/376/Code-Enforcement.