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Commissioners Discuss Snow Shoveling Ordinance

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The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners will discuss a proposed ordinance that could potentially fine residents who shovel snow in their driveways onto the roads.

As Louise McKenzie shovels her driveway and sidewalk, she throws the snow on to snowbanks up against her driveway.

"I try to, but it's getting hard now."

While Louise collects the snow up against her driveway, other residents tend to shovel their snow into the streets.

But by the time next winter comes around, that could be illegal in Butte.

"There are a few people that have the big plows so they think they can plow their piles any place, but most people are pretty good about it," said McKenzie.

"It makes it a lot harder to get around, whether you're on foot, or in a car when you're pushing snow in places it shouldn't be, or not removing snow at all," said Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive Matt Vincent.

Folks pushing snow onto the streets causes safety concerns for people using the roads.

Now the county is drafting a proposed ordinance that could fine people who are caught shoveling their snow into certain areas, like the roads.

"We're looking at them," said Vincent. "Fifty-dollars seems to be a pretty standard number for fines of that nature. There's obviously going to be warning and educational pieces before you get to the fine."

"I think you just have to have common sense," said McKenzie. "Maybe there has to be an ordinance so people will stop and think about it, because a lot of people still do it without using common sense."

Chief Executive Vincent says the proposed ordinance is still in the very early stages.

He says winter will most likely be over by the time the ordinance has a chance to be approved.

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