(Lander, Wyo.) – Following some concerns raised by Lander City Council members last week, the Lander Police Department is stepping up enforcement regarding the clearing of sidewalks of ice and snow.

By city ordinance, residents and business operators are required to clear the public sidewalks adjacent to their properties. In commercial zones, sidewalks are to be cleared within 48 hours of the new snow accumulation. Residential shovelers have five days to clear their sidewalks. Whole sidewalks are required to be clear, not just a pathway wide enough to walk.

Last Tuesday, Councilors Cade Maestas and Nancy Pieropan reported getting complaints from residents about sidewalks not being cleared. LPD Chief Jim Carey said he would look into the matter.

On Monday morning, Carey reported that officers have made 25 contacts with properties where the sidewalks have not been cleared since the last snow hit town.

No fines have been issued, only warnings are being handed out at this time. The ordinance states non-compliance could result in a $200 fine.

The complete ordinance can be found here, starting at section 11-4-1.