Shovel walkways in Grand Junction or risk citation
Hopefully the snow on your walkway or driveway melts off soon. But if it doesn’t, it’s your problem.
According to a Grand Junction city ordinance, residents must clear sidewalks and their rights-of-way within 24 hours of snowfall. Not doing so can result in a citation, however those are issued on a complaint basis.
Weeks of below-freezing weather have melded snow to the city’s sidewalks in front of homes where residents failed to clear them quickly. That has resulted in a patchwork of icy, slippery sidewalks in some areas.
Grand Junction City spokeswoman Kristin Winn said she heard from a caller who recounted seeing a disabled man not able to exit a Grand Valley Transit bus because of the slick surfaces.
“It’s a real inconvenience to people,” Winn said. “We have an ordinance and there’s a reason we have an ordinance.”
Winn said she hopes people are being neighborly and offering to help out others who are elderly or unable to clear their walkways. She said it’s easiest to clear the snow shortly after it falls.
“We have to keep reminding people to shovel their walks because it doesn’t snow that much here,” Winn said.