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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Council Approves New Denison Snow Removal Codes

The Denison City Council approved a new ordinance for snow removal at their meeting this week after a third reading. 

Code Enforcement Official Colby Ellis says the latest version of the code is much more specific to promote the safety of all residents. 

“We actually have a measurable amount of snow. It didn’t say anything in regards to that so it was like do you tell someone to clear their sidewalk for a dusting and the wind’s blowing like crazy and it’s probably just going to get covered up again? Or do you let sleeping dogs lie until everything’s done and we can actually go out there and clear it,” Ellis said. 

The updated city code says the minimum accumulation of one-half-inch of snow within a 24-hour period will be based on KDSN Radio measurements. Ellis says an address that violates the code will get one notice per snow season and be fined $225 for each time they fail to clear their sidewalk after that. 

“Some people go out there with ice picks and chip away at the ice on the sidewalks and stuff like that. Most people can’t necessarily get to it right away when they get home or while they’re at work. When you get home and your sidewalks are icy at least just put down some ice melt,” Ellis said. 

He says the latest version does not go into effect immediately but they expect it to be fully in place by the end of this month.

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