Public works crews remind citizens to keep sidewalks and driveways clean

When it comes to keeping your property clean, different cities have different ordinances.

A sidewalk in south Fargo lays covered in snow on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

FARGO — While public works crews were out plowing the streets Tuesday night, Dec. 29, they're also asking homeowners to do their part.

According to a city ordinance, people in Fargo must have their sidewalks and driveways shoveled within 24 hours of when the snow stops.

Crews also recommend shoveling their neighbors' driveways if they're away from home, and staff at Fargo Public Works say any kind of communication with your block to shovel or blow snow is key to a good winter.

"It's a team effort for everyone on the block to make sure they're clearing the snow," said Paul Fiechtner, the services manager at Fargo Public Works.


Fiechtner adds clearing the sidewalks is especially important for people who can't get around as easily.

"It's important to remove the snow and the ice from the whole width of the sidewalk, just so if someone is in a wheelchair or has different needs as far as traveling down the sidewalk, they can do so safely," he said.

Grand Forks shares the same ordinance as Fargo — residents also have to remove their snow off sidewalks 24 hours after a snowstorm — but Moorhead residents have to remove the snow off their sidewalks by 9:00 p.m.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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