February 12, 2014

Council passes snow, ice removal ordinance

The council adopted a new snow and ice removal ordinance at its regular meeting Monday night. The ordinance addresses safety concerns related to snow and ice build-up on sidewalks and owners/occupants piling snow in the streets when clearing sidewalks, and calls for owners/occupants of city lots to remove ice or snow which forms, accumulates on or obstructs sidewalks within 24 hours after the ice forms or the snowfall ends. In cases where it is difficult to remove, sprinkling ash, salt or sand within the 24-hour timeframe is an acceptable means to make the sidewalk safe for pedestrian use. Owners/occupants are prohibited from blowing or shoveling snow into public streets except with prior permission from the City of Center. Violators of these provisions will be subject to a $50 fine.

Home rule charter
The council is researching and considering adoption of a home rule charter.
Home rule is a granting of certain powers to cities by the state legislature to allow cities more opportunities to make decisions about those issues that affect them. Cities are able to take advantage of this granting of power when city voters approve a home rule charter. The statue of the state of North Dakota shall continue to apply to home rule cities except in those cases where they are specifically superseded by the city’s charter or by ordinances passed according to the city’s charter.
A meeting is set for Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. at the community center.


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