At its May 11 meeting, the Weldon Spring Board of Aldermen voted 6-0 to approve Bill No. 1164, sponsored by Ward 3 alderman Phil Martiszus, to keep extra snow off streets and sidewalks.
While the original version included private residences, the final version of the ordinance is limited to commercial districts only.
The bill amends Municipal Code Section 210-2470 – Deposit of Snow or Ice in Street or other Public Improvements.
That code section now states that all commercial businesses, commercial property owners, or persons employed or under contract with said owners who are engaged in the removal of snow, ice, or other frozen precipitation shall not allow such snow, ice, or other frozen precipitation to be deposited on the sidewalk, walking path, street, or anything for public use. Nor shall anything be deposited against any fire hydrant.
Violation of the code will result in a fine, in addition to any other prescribed remedies. Each day such failure to comply continues will be deemed a separate offense with separate fines and remedies.
Weldon Spring City Administrator Michael Padella said, “The intent is to keep snow, ice from blocking the streets, sidewalks, trails, or damaging curbs.”
Asked about the fines, Padella further explained, “There is no set or standard fine, so it would be up to the judge to determine. Municipal violations have a maximum offense limit of $500 each, but for something like this, I would imagine a first offense would be between $100 and $200. But again, it would be up to the judge and would depend upon the circumstances.”