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City’s snow ordinance protested

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, January 9th, 2014

n what has become a recurring theme during the winter months in the City of Custer, the Custer City Council heard another protest over a penalty levied against a downtown property owner who was fined for not shoveling their sidewalks in a timely manner after a recent snowstorm. The protest, this time by Kristen Anderson, who owns apartments on 5th and Harney streets, took place at the Jan. 6 meeting of the council.
Anderson said she wasn’t protesting the ordinance itself, or even the cost of the city crew clearing her sidewalks for her. Rather, she was protesting the additional fine and administrative fee that were levied against her, calling them “onerous.” She said she had been doing everything possible to get her sidewalks cleared after a snowstorm, even though she lives over a half hour away, near Keystone. She said she was unaware of an ordinance change that makes fines a possibility.
Anderson said when she first bought the property she had a tenant doing the snow removal, but they eventually moved, so she found another recommended person to do the job, but that person never showed up for the job. She then got another recommendation from a friend, but that person didn’t show, either.
She recently found another one of her tenants to do the work, but allegedly that tenant didn’t get the shoveling done in time during a recent snowstorm. She said she has told the tenant not to shovel if it’s still snowing outside or if the amount of snow is so small it will melt within an hour or so of the sun coming out.

In what has become a recurring theme during the winter months in the City of Custer, the Custer City Council heard another protest over a penalty levied against a downtown property owner who was fined for not shoveling their sidewalks in a timely manner after a recent snowstorm. The protest, this time by Kristen Anderson, who owns apartments on 5th and Harney streets, took place at the Jan. 6 meeting of the council.

Anderson said she wasn’t protesting the ordinance itself, or even the cost of the city crew clearing her sidewalks for her. Rather, she was protesting the additional fine and administrative fee that were levied against her, calling them “onerous.” She said she had been doing everything possible to get her sidewalks cleared after a snowstorm, even though she lives over a half hour away, near Keystone. She said she was unaware of an ordinance change that makes fines a possibility.

Anderson said when she first bought the property she had a tenant doing the snow removal, but they eventually moved, so she found another recommended person to do the job, but that person never showed up for the job. She then got another recommendation from a friend, but that person didn’t show, either.

She recently found another one of her tenants to do the work, but allegedly that tenant didn’t get the shoveling done in time during a recent snowstorm. She said she has told the tenant not to shovel if it’s still snowing outside or if the amount of snow is so small it will melt within an hour or so of the sun coming out.

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