Columbus Residents To Face Increased Fine For Failing To Clear Snow

(Columbus) Columbus residents who fail to shovel their sidewalks will see an increased snow removal fee starting next month. The move comes after Department of Public Works Director Zach Navin told city officials in committee last month that the city has not charging enough to cover costs, so the penalties are cheaper than a property owner hiring a snow removal service. Residents are given 24-hour notice to clear snowy sidewalks before a DPW crew is dispatched, and the homeowner is currently assessed a $50 fee. Beginning January 25, delinquent properties will be charged $111 on the first occurrence with an increase of $25 or $50 for each additional infraction. The ordinance change adopted at a special meeting this week will also result in residents paying one dollar cost per-linear-foot of sidewalk.