With the recent heavy snowfall, the Minnesota State Council on Disability wants to remind everyone to please shovel their sidewalks and curb cuts!

The sidewalks and walkways are the lifeline for many people with disabilities as well as senior citizens. When they are not cleared off, this can present difficulties with trying to get to work, the grocery store or medical appointments. Basic health and safety issues can be affected as well.

In Spring Grove, there is a local ordinance that requires snow removal on public sidewalks within a given period of time.

Violators of the city's snow and ice removal ordinance can be charged $40 for the first offense, $60 for the second offense and $120 for the third and all consequential offenses.

The city also has a designated high-pedestrian traffic area, which is required to have the snow and ice cleared by 8 a.m. and then maintained regularly during normal business hours.

The high pedestrian traffic area is defined as the entire length of Main Street; Division Ave. South to the Post Office; 2nd Ave. NW to the school; 1st Ave. NW to City Hall; and Maple Drive to 1st Ave. NE.

"Do the right thing and just shovel your sidewalk as soon as possible. DON'T WAIT FOR THE SNOW TO MELT!" pointed out Executive Director Joan Willshire of the Minnesota State Council on Disability.

"This could be a matter of life or death for someone, if they are forced to into the street to get to their destination."