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Snow removal responsibility of home and business owners

Keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow
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Posted at 1:21 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 14:21:02-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Now that snow has piled up on sidewalks and driveways around the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, property owners have a responsibility to ensure that walkways are clear.

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Bellevue, Neb.

According to municipal code, Article V1. Sec. 28-134:

"The owner and the occupant of any real property in the city shall have the duty of keeping the sidewalks adjacent to such real property clean and free from obstructions and accumulations of snow, ice, mud and slush. All obstructions and accumulations shall be cleared from sidewalks as soon as is reasonably possible, and in any event accumulations shall be removed within 24 hours after cessation of any storm or snowfall. For the purposes of this article, the term "occupant" shall include the person or persons actually occupying the real property or having the right to do so, whether a tenant, lessee or owner."

Anyone who violates the code is liable for the cost.

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Council Bluffs, Ia.

"It is the responsibility of property owners to remove all snow from sidewalks adjacent to their private property within twenty-four (24) hours after the snow has fallen or ice formed."

Home and business owners must take care to clear sidewalks, keep fire hydrants visible, maintain pedestrian ramps on corner intersections adjacent to their property and clear deposited on sidewalks by plows.

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Omaha, Neb.

"The Omaha Municipal Code states that it shall be the duty of the occupant, as well as the duty of the owner, of any lot or land or real estate in the city, to clear all ice and snow from the sidewalks adjoining the said lot, land, or real estate within 24 hours after the city has declared that snow removal operations on the city's major streets are complete."

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