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Don’t get the snow on the road

September 18, 2018

STERLING – Dumping or shoveling snow or ice on city streets or sidewalks now will get a resident fined.

The City Council voted 5-0 Monday to amend the snow removal ordinance, prohibiting people from pushing or blowing winter accumulations onto any city-owned property. Snow and ice also cannot be piled so it obstructs vision at any street, avenue, boulevard or alley.

Violators will be fined $20 to $750, determined at civil hearing in administrative court.

It’s already illegal in Dixon, Morrison, and Rock Falls, where violators face fines from $50 to $750.

Public works officials requested the change. Frozen snow and ice can break equipment and block drainage inlets, the department’s Mike Adams said.

Also Monday, council members OK’d a $456,281.94 contract with Era-Valdivia Contractors, Inc. for Avenue G Bridge maintenance.

During a routine inspection, Willett, Hofmann & Associates, the city’s engineering firm, found the bridge’s piers and slope walls need concrete work and deck joint replacement, and epoxy coating for steel beneath the joints.

Work is scheduled to start soon, break for winter, and conclude in the spring, when the ridge will be closed for joint replacement.

The council also officially accepted the resignation of Third Ward Alderman Bob Conklin, who resigned Thursday after missing more than half of this year’s council meetings because of an inconsistent work schedule at a new job.

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