Sidewalk Snow Removal
Snow and ice can be dangerous for all ages, but especially for children, the elderly and persons with disabilities who are more susceptible to injury. For example, when sidewalks are not cleared of snow and ice, children will often weave in and out of streets and sidewalks on their way to or from school or to and from the bus, which is a safety concern.
Property Owner Responsibility
According to City Ordinance 94.005, property owners, occupant or person in the City of Owatonna are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks surrounding their property. Any accumulated snow and ice must be removed from all city sidewalks within 24 hours from the time the snow ceases to accumulate on the sidewalk. Sidewalks must be cleared of snow the entire width of the concrete.
Property owners who do not adhere to the City of Owatonna snow removal policy will receive a written notice requiring that they remove the snow within the next 24 hours. If snow is removed from sidewalks prior to the expiration of the posted 24-hour notice, no further action will take place. If snow is not removed within the posted 24-hour notice, the City Engineer may have the snow removed. All related costs and an administrative citation will be billed to the property owner for removal of the snow.
Please do not place snow in the street. Piles of snow in the gutter will inhibit drainage resulting in ice buildup in gutters and on sidewalks. Citizens are advised to place all snow from sidewalks and driveways on adjacent landscaped areas.
What are the two parts of the bill I received?
The Contractor Clearing Charges are the fees invoiced to the city by the designated sidewalk clearing contractor. The clearing charges for the 2023-2024 Winter Season are shown below.
|2023-2024 Sidewalk Snow Removal Contractor Charges
|Mobilization (Minimum Charge)
|Sidewalk Clearing over 100 frontage feet
|$0.75 per foot over 100 feet
|Pedestrian Ramp per Pedestrian Ramp
|Sand or Salt
|$0.60 per foot
The City of Owatonna Civil Penalty is an administrative fine determined by City Ordinance. The fee increases if multiple violations are recorded in a calendar year.
|City of Owatonna Snow Removal Violation Administrative Charges
|3rd or More Violations:
How do I pay my bill?
Remit payment by cash or check in person by visiting our office located at 540 West Hills Circle in Owatonna on the 2nd floor.
If mailing a check, please send to:
City of Owatonna
540 West Hills Circle
Owatonna, MN 55060
You may also pay with a credit card by calling 507-444-4350 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Please note, if using a card for payment, there will be a 2.99%+$0.99 processing fee.
What happens if I don't pay my bill?
Unpaid invoices are subject to an assessment on the next year's property taxes. A public hearing will be held and notice of said hearing will be sent to property owners at least two weeks prior to the hearing date.
How do I dispute my bill?
Please call the Public Works Office at 507-444-4350.