The Auburn Police Department is receiving complaints concerning snow-covered sidewalks that are either impassible or too slippery and dangerous to use. Additionally, snow-covered sidewalks are making it difficult for mail delivery, utility meter checks, and children walking to school or in the neighborhood. As a result, more pedestrians are walking in the street, which is equally unsafe--particularly in these weather conditions.
The APD understands that the amount of snowfall and extremely cold temperatures this winter season have made it difficult to keep up with clearing sidewalks. However, with a short break from the cold temperatures and snow accumulation, the department is asking citizens to clear their sidewalks, as well as help any neighbors--particularly the elderly or handicapped persons--who may be unable to shovel or clear snow. The removal of snow and ice from sidewalks is required by Auburn City Ordinance 95.12. Those who fail to clear their sidewalks could be charged for the expense of snow removal.
Citizens are also being reminded that vehicles parked on public property that have not been moved for 24 hours, as well as parked vehicles that constitute a hazard or obstruction to the movement of vehicular traffic, are considered abandoned under state law and are subject to tow at the owner's expense. The APD reminds citizens who park on the street and have been plowed-in to move their vehicles to an area that is clear so that the streets can continue to be cleared.