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As the warm weather has come to an end and the winter months are here, the Butte Silver Bow Community Enrichment Department would like to remind everyone that while Butte-Silver Bow Public Works Department handles the snow and ice removal on the main streets, it is the property owners (residential & commercial), renters and/or responsible parties to clear the snow and ice from the sidewalks out in front of one’s property.
Please understand, the sidewalks throughout the city need to be accessible to everyone year-round and many people in our community rely on sidewalks to get to work, school, errands, appointments, etc. If the sidewalks are unkept from snow, ice, or debris, this becomes difficult and dangerous for individuals with limited mobility.
Not only are you responsible for removing the snow and ice from your sidewalk, but you are also responsible to make sure anytime the snow melts, you are clearing up the run-off of water before the water turns to hard frozen ice. Being cognitive of this problem and constantly maintaining and upkeeping your sidewalk whether it’s shoveling or placing sand on the ice, you are doing the right thing…
If the Community Enrichment Department does receive a formal complaint about your sidewalk being obstructed and not properly clear (shoveled) of snow and ice, you will receive a 24 Hour Notice. If you are non-complaint within the 24 Hour Notice follow up whether you are out of town, please understand that you will still be issued a citation for a dollar amount and the citation will be sent up to City Court with no exceptions. 24 Hour Notices/Fines will not be waived, therefore, please be responsible and make sure you have someone to maintain your sidewalks… If at any time the Community Enrichment Department does have to abate the snow and ice, please understand any charges the Community Enrichment accrue from an outside agency, you will also be billed for time spent abating the snow and ice from your sidewalk.
Remember, Butte Montana is a tight knit community and always goes out of their way to help others. Therefore, before you make that call to complain, ask yourself, “does my neighbor need help maintaining their sidewalk?” Helping others is always the best medicine around. However, if you do need to report a sidewalk not being maintained from snow, ice, please contact the Community Enrichment Department at (406)-497-5024.
Neighbors helping neighbors shovel their property in winter!
Snow-covered sidewalks can be hazardous for everyone. The Butte Mutual Aid Network Snow Buddies Program pairs those who are unable to shovel with nearby neighbors who volunteer to assist them with snow removal on their sidewalks and walkways.
Along with fostering stronger community relationships and relieving some of the stress that comes from a snowfall or freeze, Snow Buddies make our sidewalks safer for those who are outside during the winter weather – like postal carriers, delivery drivers, firefighters, police officers, and other neighbors.