Assist Your Fellow Portager: Clear Snow & Ice from Sidewalks, Fire Hydrants & Bus Stops

Assistance from businesses, residents and property owners is appreciated to keep key public areas free of snow and ice accumulation during the winter weather months.

Sidewalks - Public sidewalks adjacent to all types of property (residential, commercial, etc.) provide safe routes to schools, bus stops and other important destinations. City Code requires all sidewalks to be cleared of snow and ice throughout the winter season. To ensure sidewalks are accessible, a minimum clearance width of three feet is recommended. Special attention to sidewalks adjacent to street corners is requested to ensure snow banks do not obstruct access to and from the sidewalk.

Fire Hydrants The Portage Fire Division requests that property owners clear snow away from any fire hydrants on or adjacent to their property. Should there be a fire nearby, it is imperative that firefighters have clear access to fire hydrants so that fire hoses can be immediately attached and used to fight the fire.

Bus Stops Property owners are also requested to help with keeping bus stops clear of snow and ice. Assistance in these areas helps public transit and school bus stop users to safely enter and exit buses at bus stops.

We know that it can be challenging to keep up with winter maintenance; however, good property stewardship is appreciated by the City of Portage, as well as your neighbors. If you become aware of a neighbor who might need assistance with property maintenance this winter, lend a hand if you are able.