Watertown, Watertown Township issue snow removal reminders

The city of Watertown wishes to provide residents with a neighborly reminder:  Please do not push snow across the roadway.

Snow dumped on highways or the right of way can create a hazard not only for motorists, but also for snowplows.  Even the City’s heavy snowplows have been damaged when hitting compacted and frozen snow.  The city urges residents, as good neighbors and motorists, not to add to the hazards of winter driving.

Dumping, plowing, or pushing snow from private property onto or across City streets and County roads is unlawful.  Local Ordinances and State Statutes prohibit the practice which is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum $700 fine and/or 90 days in jail.

The Watertown Township board of Supervisors also reminds all snow removal operators that it is unlawful to  deposit snow on or next to a public highway or street. Minnesota Statutes and Watertown Township Ordinance prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow onto public roadways. This includes the ditch and right of way along the roadside.

Violations are considered misdemeanors and civil penalties also apply if the placement of snow creates a hazard such as a slippery area, frozen rut or bump that contributes to a motor vehicle or pedestrian crash. The civil liability can extend to both the property owner and the person who placed the snow.