Shovel That Sidewalk Or Pay Up

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The snow stopped falling a few days ago, but the frigid temperatures haven't allowed the snow and ice to melt away just yet.

If you live in Lawrence, Kan., it's important to make sure your sidewalks are shoveled -- or you could be fined.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, complaints can be filed. If an enforcement officer deems the sidewalk impassable, you'll have to pay up.

The fine is $20, but increases to $80 after you add in court costs.

No one wants to pass out fines, but if complaints come in against residences or businesses, an enforcement officer will respond.

If the property isn't up to par, the owners can expect the fine.

"First for my safety and convenience, walk to the mailbox and curb without fearing a fall," longtime Lawrence resident Jack Ozegovic said.

He hopes others do the same.

"I would hope so. When I walk anywhere I encounter sidewalks that haven't been dealt with and I feel a sense of apprehension, I'm afraid."

Kansas City, Mo., has a similar ordinance, but it's rarely enforced.

In Overland Park, Kan., there's no specific ordinance that relates to snow removal on sidewalks. However, the city does urge all residents to remove snow whenever possible.

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