- Public Works
- Snow Removal Guidelines
- Plowing & Snow Removal
Plowing & Snow Removal
Plowing Snow to the Middle of Major Streets
At times, snow may be plowed to the middle of some of the wider major streets to prevent the buildup of snow along curbs, sidewalks and parking areas especially near downtown. This is especially important if several storms occur in quick succession. The City will haul out this snow as soon as possible.
Due to the scientific principle of Centrifugal Force, snow cannot be plowed to the center of the Cul-de-sac even when the blade is turned to the inside of the cul-de-sac. During heavy snow events, crews may return later after the initial passes to address the cul-de-sac with loader type equipment as needed.
Snow Removal by Citizens & Contractors
All property owners are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their premises within 24 Hours after the abatement of any storm during which snow and ice have accumulated.
Failure to clear sidewalks may result in a civil infraction citation or a criminal citation for a minor misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of $150 per violation. The City may also have its contractor clear the sidewalk and bill all incurred costs to the property owner.
Snow Removal Complaints (Public Sidewalks Only)
Call 419-352-1131 to register a complaint about snow covered sidewalks in your area. By City ordinance, property owners have 24 hours after a snow storm to remove snow from sidewalks. The complaint will be investigated by the Civil Enforcement Section of the Bowling Green Police Division.
Do Not Put Snow in the Street!
Citizens and plowing contractors should not shovel, plow, or blow snow onto or across the City street. This delays the process of clearing the streets and is prohibited under City Ordinance 98.22 and Ohio Revised Code 4511.74.