As Mother Nature’s latest winter storm bears down on Columbus, City officials are reminding residents to be prepared to help dig themselves out of it.
The National Weather Service office based out of Omaha/Valley reports Columbus and several other communities across the region are in a winter storm warning as of Monday, Jan. 8, 2023, through noon on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
What does that mean?
- Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations between 6 and 11 inches. Minor ice accumulations are also possible. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph, leading to near-blizzard conditions Monday night into Tuesday morning. Travel will become very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions will impact the commutes Monday into Tuesday morning.
The City’s Code Enforcement team is reminding the public the importance of being diligent when it comes to shoveling show, as stated in City Code:
“If the owner or occupant fails to remove the snow, ice or hard-packed snow within 24 hours of the notice of violation, the Code Enforcement Official, or his or her designated representative shall cause the removal of the snow, ice or hard-packed snow and shall prepare a statement of costs incurred in the removal thereof, and will assess the cost thereof against the property and pursue any other remedies available. The City will charge a removal fee as set by resolution.”
The cost of snow and ice removal is $85 per hour (plus equipment fee and $50 administrative fee)
Q: Should we move our cars from the residential streets?
A: During residential plowing, it is very helpful if cars are moved into the driveway or a street that has been cleared. Upon the removal or moving of snow by the City of Columbus, from streets or avenues and the creation of any windrows, or piles of snow left around or upon a vehicle; said vehicle must be moved within 12 hours (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from the date of the creation of the windrow or pile of snow to a location at least 100 feet from the nearest windrow located upon the portion of public right-of-way used for vehicular traffic, or to be moved upon the privately owned property.
Q: Do I really have to clean the sidewalks out front of my home and my driveway?
A: When plowing snow on your street, crews have no place to push the snow except to the curb. This creates the unavoidable problem of already cleared sidewalks and driveways becoming covered with snow. Unfortunately, the City does not have the funds or personnel to clean sidewalks and driveways. The City Street Division asks your cooperation in removing the snow again. We all need to work together to keep our city safe, including clearing sidewalks of snow.
The City Code further states that no person shall deposit, throw, blow, or otherwise dispose of any snow, ice, or hard-packed snow on any public property, street, alley, or another public way except for the sidewalks in the downtown area, as defined in the Snow and Ice Control Policy, which snow shall be returned to the curb-line dividing the streets and sidewalks in said designated area.
City Streets Superintendent Clete Borchers urged residents to use caution when on the roads and be mindful of the street crew.
“Residents are reminded to drive to the conditions, and when driving around snow equipment, give them plenty of room to do their job,” he said.
If you have questions, you can call the City Street Division at 402-562-4253.
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