Clearing Snow the Wrong Way Could Get You Fined in Rochester
It's true you have only 24 hours to get those sidewalks shoveled and cleared in Rochester, but did you know there's another way you could face a fine when removing snow too?
While we haven't seen a lot of snow this season in southeast Minnesota, we did just get some Tuesday (Feb 22) and there could be more on the way Thursday (Feb 24), so it's a good time to review all the rules and ordinances that pertain to snow removal here in Rochester. And, there aren't too many of them, really-- and they're all pretty much common sense.
The first one is fairly basic: It states that, yes, you DO have to get out there and shovel those sidewalks (or fire up the snowblower) to keep them free of snow. And, you have to get that shoveling done, from the time it stops snowing. If you don't, you COULD be fined. Now, it's not a HUGE fee, mind you (according to the city of Rochester website, the fine is $40 for your first violation) but there is still a monetary penalty that could be assessed.
The city says they only respond when they get a complaint about someone not shoveling their sidewalks. But there is ANOTHER way you could get a fine when it comes to clearing snow in Rochester. And that's if you dump the snow from your driveway or sidewalks BACK into the street after they've been plowed.
I've seen this happen several times in our neighborhood in northwest Rochester while I've been on a walk with our dogs. Some people simply just push all their snow from their driveway right back into the road. Yeah, you can't do that. Again, if there's a complaint and the city finds that you've been putting snow back into the street, you could be fined.
You can read more about the city's snow removal policies and procedures HERE. And, speaking of winter, while you may not like having to shovel your driveway and/or sidewalk, there's no denying it makes for a very scenic landscape. Keep scrolling to check out 13 different Airbnb's you can rent this winter here in Minnesota!