The latest snowstorm in February ended at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. Thank you to all of our residents who have cleared the sidewalks of snow and ice throughout the season. A special thanks to all who take care of neighbors who need a hand.

Snow and ice removal

To ensure the well-being of neighbors and those who require sidewalk access for their commutes, snow should be cleared within 24-hours of a one-inch or greater snowfall, or after any accumulation of ice has ended.

With temperatures rising above freezing in the day, and cooling back down at night, please be sure to check that sidewalks remain cleared of ice. Doing so helps protect the many pedestrians who use sidewalks daily in Iowa City. Those who do not remove snow and ice could face a fine, something we all want to avoid.

Salt/Sand mix available for residents

The City provides a limited amount of salt/sand available at no charge at the Streets Division parking lot, located off of South Gilbert Street in the parking lot at 3901 Napoleon Lane. Iowa City residents should provide their own 5 gallon bucket and shovel to obtain the mix, which is intended for local residential sidewalks, and not for commercial or contractor use.

Sidewalk policy

Property owners are responsible for the ice and snow removal from all sidewalks that abut their private property.

The entire width of the sidewalk must be cleared down to concrete. Renters should check their leases to see if their landlord has transferred the responsibility of snow and ice removal to them.

Clearing curb ramps and crosswalks

We encourage our residents to help keep curb ramps clear. Snow and ice-free curb ramps are needed to keep sidewalks accessible to everyone, especially for those with limited mobility.

Snow and ice that is shoveled or that accumulates in crosswalks makes it difficult and dangerous for many of our residents, especially those with limited mobility, or children on their way to and from school. When you get to the end of your sidewalk, please shovel a few extra feet to clear the crosswalks and curb ramps if you are able. Your extra effort is greatly appreciated. 

Reporting snowy or icy sidewalks

Those who wish to report a property where the adjacent public sidewalk has not been cleared can contact the City of Iowa City:

  • Download the free ICGovXpress mobile app for your smartphone or tablet. Search GoRequest where you get your apps. 
  • Visit www.icgov.org/ICgovXpress
  • Call the complaint hotline at 319-356-5152

Complaints must be specific and include an address for staff to respond. Residents can view a digital map of properties that are being investigated by staff due to complaints from the public.

Penalties

If a complaint is received about an uncleared property, an inspector will visit the address to verify the violation, and leave a notification tag at the property. A Notice of Violation will also be mailed to the property owner and an additional 24 hours will be given to clear the pavement. If not completed by the deadline, the City will hire a private contractor to shovel, and the property owner will be billed those costs plus a $100 administrative fee. Only one notification will be given per snow season. Subsequent violations at the property will be cleared without further notification.

For more information, contact Stan Laverman at 319-356-5135 or stan-laverman@iowa-city.org.

Date of publication

Monday, February 22, 2021

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