We are definitely having a snow day here in Bismarck-Mandan.

This winter is the third I am spending in the Bismarck-Mandan area. And it is the first one where I have witnessed any significant snow. It definitely looked a lot like Christmas by Christmas Day. And the snow just keeps on coming - NOAA reports that 7.7 inches had fallen in Bismarck at the time of this post. So, where exactly are residents supposed to put all this snow that is piling up at their houses?

Did you know that there are rules and regulations for shoveling snow?

Of course, shoveling snow is not as easy as just clearing out your driveway. In fact, the city has rules and regulations when it comes to home snow removal. Bismarck's website has all the details on the "dos and don'ts" of at-home snow removal so you know exactly what you need to do to avoid a fine from the city.  Here are a couple of big things you need to know:

  • Homeowners must remove snow from the sidewalks in front of their houses. Otherwise, the city will shovel and homeowners will be billed
  • Do not shovel snow into the street because it is a driving hazard. Shoveling snow into the street could result in a $1,500 fine and/ or up-to 30 days in jail.

What is most annoying to you about snow removal?

I have rented an apartment for the entirety of my adult life, so I, fortunately, have never had to deal with the elements outside of my dwelling. But something that has always annoyed me about snow removal is the fact that plows can leave snow piled up in front of driveways

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