Pullman Police Department Reminds Residents to Keep Sidewalks Clear Citing City Code
Another 3-4 inches of snow is expected in the Palouse this afternoon.
PULLMAN, WA - Just as things appeared to be calming down with regards to the weather, the Palouse is expecting another 3-4 inches of snow beginning this afternoon/evening, into tomorrow. Plow crews will once again be at the ready, and Pullman's Police Department is once again reminding residents to stay home if possible.
However, the Pullman Police Department is also reminding residents of their responsibility to remove snow, ice, debris, etc. from public sidewalks, citing city code chapter 11.42, in the following Facebook post:
And just when you thought it couldn't get worse.... Another 3-4 inches of snow are expected to fall in Pullman,...
Posted by City of Pullman Police Department on Thursday, February 18, 2021
According to Pullman's City Code, chapter 11.42:
It is unlawful to permit any accumulation of snow, ice, debris, dirt, or rock on public sidewalks. Snow or ice must be removed within eight hours of daylight after such snow or ice has fallen or accumulated thereon.
A few sections down, city code listed penalties for not keeping the sidewalks clear:
An owner who fails, neglects, or refuses to remove snow, ice, debris, dirt, or rock, or to strew sidewalks with ashes or other substances as directed in this Chapter, or who violates any provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed to have committed a civil infraction and shall be fined in an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars for each violation. Each day in which a violation shall continue shall be deemed a separate offense. In lieu of a court appearance, any person or entity charged with having committed a civil infraction may forfeit to the city the sum of fifty dollars for each such violation.
Pullman residents are no doubt looking forward to the weather improving going forward so they don't have to continue shoveling sidewalks.