- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Bend residents who are hesitant to break out the shovel after a snowstorm could find themselves with a fine now that officials are increasing enforcement of the city’s snow-removal code.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/ETRRcO ) that starting Tuesday, owners of commercial properties must clear adjoining sidewalks within six hours of a storm. Residential property owners have 24 hours to clear sidewalks. Both rules are subject to a fine of up to $100 a day.

Head of Bend code enforcement James Goff says it has been years since fines have been issued for the snow-removal code. He says due to limited staffing, enforcement had been nonexistent. But after multiple letters asking businesses and residents to shovel saw little effect, fines will again be imposed.


Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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