Denise Winterman
BBC News Magazine
January 7, 2010

[efoods]In parts of the world the public is expected to help keep the streets clear of snow. In Minneapolis, in the US, it’s your legal duty.

“Keeping our sidewalks free of ice and snow is the neighbourly thing to do, and it’s the law… please do your part,” says the local authority’s website.

The rules are strict. Snow must be removed from pavements outside homes within 24 hours of snowfall ending. However, they are given free “sidewalk sand” to do the job.

If the public works department gets a complaint or discovers that a pavement is not properly cleared, it gives the property owner a chance to do it. If the pavement has still not been cleared upon re-inspection, city crews will do the job and the home owner will be sent the bill.

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