My life is in your hands

I know it sounds dramatic but my safety and maybe even my life is in the hands of my neighbors. Some of those neighbors shovel their sidewalks and keep the ice off of them and others do not.

There is a local French restaurant by Irvine park that never shovels the walk. Their customers can pull up to the door and go it while a valet parks their car. Businesses like that make for very bad neighbors.

The worst thing I saw last snow season was an elderly woman using a walker and leaving tracks in the snow along the sidewalk in from of the local grocery store.

Saint Paul City Ordinance requires snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours. It doesn’t provide an exemption for businesses that do not use the sidewalk in front of their business. It does not provide an exemption for condos or townhouses either.

There are no exemptions for houses that are for sale or for vacant properties.

To report a sidewalk that’s a safety hazard and needs shoveling, contact the Department of Safety and Inspections at 651-266-8989. Be sure to tell us the address of the property and check to be certain it’s within city limits. 

The City will contact the property owner to make sure the sidewalk is shoveled as soon as possible. If the owner does not comply, the City will send a crew to clear the sidewalk and bill the property owner for the (high-priced) work.

The city also has a downloadable, printable door hanger that can be used to remind a neighbor to shovel.  I am not sure how to use that on the sidewalks that are along Kellogg Blvd and in other places where there are no homes or businesses. There are several downtown sidewalks that never get shoveled.

I walk every day. Most days I walk at least three miles. I walk as if my life depends upon it because it does.

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