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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 10:42am

Minneapolis hands out tickets for un-shoveled sidewalks.

Minneapolis city inspector Jim Glenn wrote several warnings to property owners on Tuesday for not shoveling their sidewalks.

Snow is supposed to be removed within 24 hours of it falling or four hours if it's a commercial building.

Complaints about unshoveled sidewalks are slightly higher than usual this year, according to Glenn.

"Normally we don't get a lot of complaints until February or March," he said.

Since winter 2010 arrived, the city has already received 200 complaints about snowy sidewalks.

If they aren't cleaned up after the first warning the property owner either faces a fine of $102 or city crews will come and do it themselves and bill the owner on his property tax later.

City officials say shoveled sidewalks are a matter of safety for everyone.

"Everybody walks whether you're driving or you're taking the bus or you're riding your bike you always have to walk for a portion of your trip. So it's really important to keep your sidewalk clear in the winter time," Anna Flintoft, with the city's public works department, said.

With more snow on the way Flintoft and Glen say shovel, right away.
 

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