City Ordinance on Snow and Ice Removal in Lawrence KS

Here's a quick, frosty summary for you on
what the ordinance says.

  • All property owners have 48 hours to clear snow and ice from sidewalks after the snowfall ends.
  • If ice forms and removal seems impossible, place sand on it.
  • Snow removal from parking lots, roadways, and access routes is also the responsibility of the property owner.
  • City crews will assist in snow removal services on residential streets.
  • You must not move snow onto city streets or alleyways.
  • The ordinance also says that in some circumstances, a possible $20/day fine if found guilty of non-compliance.

Read the Snow Removal Ordinance Here

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Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of this

winter wonderland scenario

When the forecast predicts a winter storm and snow accumulations, it's time to dust off those shovels. After all, nobody wants to do the "Lawrence slide-and-fall" on an icy sidewalk. Remember, you have 48 hours to clear your sidewalks once the snowfall ends. If you're physically unable to perform this task, perhaps it's time to bribe the neighbor's kid with hot cocoa or hire professional snow removal services.

Hello there, dear residents of our chilly city of Lawrence, KS! Brace yourselves, snow is coming, and with it, the inevitable duty of snow and ice removal. But fear not, this guide will melt away your confusion about the city ordinance on snow and ice removal in Lawrence, KS.

A Frosty Guide to Ice and Snow Removal in Lawrence, KS

If ice forms and removal feels like trying to defrost a mammoth, don't worry! The city ordinance says you can place sand on it. It's like the city's version of sprinkles on a sundae, only less tasty and more slip-resistant.

Parking lots and roadways need to be cleared too. As a property owner, you're responsible for these areas. But don't go playing "snowball toss" with city streets or alleyways – moving snow onto these areas isn't permitted.

City crews, the winter superheroes of Lawrence, will assist in snow removal on residential streets. They'll be out there faster than you can say "Frosty the Snowman", ensuring safe routes for all residents.

Now, let's talk about the weather, shall we? Whether it's partly cloudy, patchy blowing snow, or gusts of winds, it's essential to keep an eye on the current air quality index. Snow events can often lead to precipitation and affect the quality of our air.

So there you have it, folks! The snowy scoop on your responsibilities during a winter storm in Lawrence. Remember, the aim is to make our city as accessible as possible, even if Mother Nature has other plans. So, let's keep those sidewalks clear, the sand handy, and the hot cocoa warm!

Stay frosty, Lawrence!

It's never too cold for Sylas and Maddy's Ice Cream. 🙂

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