The recent winter storm left over eight inches of snow over Marion County this week. As a reminder residents and business owners in Knoxville are responsible for removing any snow, ice or slush from sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall. Knoxville Community Service Officer Arlene Worrall says if these areas are not taken care of the city will have someone shovel them and bill the property owner. In addition, property owners are also subject to a fine for not complying with the rules and responsibilities.
In addition, Knoxville Police Chief Mike Roberts asks that residents also clear snow around fire hydrants. An international Fire Code requires that residents clear a radius of at least 3 feet around hydrants. Roberts says that whether it’s illegal or not, it’s common sense to make sure hydrants are easily accessible. There is always the possibility of a fire and if residents want a quick response fire fighters will need to be able to access a water source.