Potterville site shows $500 snow removal fines

Posted at 9:07 AM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 09:36:23-05

Erik Roberts of Potterville is clearing snow from his driveway and sidewalk out of fear.

"They came and slapped it on your door, right after it got done snowing," Roberts said.

He's talking about a $100 fine from the city of Potterville, for not clearing about an inch of snow.

"I wasn't even home," Roberts said. "And they told me, you should have gotten somebody to come and clear it."

But after hearing that he could get fined up to $500 on the city's website, he's not taking any chances.

"It's a bit excessive if you ask me," Roberts said.

The website posted a notice saying "a fine of $175 up to $500 may be imposed according to city ordinance.

But the city manager, Wanda Darrow says, "It is not a city of Potterville website."

But the domain, administrative and technical privileges are registered under her name.

The IT director for the city confirmed it is a city owned site, Darrow then said the page must have been created without her knowledge.

Darrow says, a $500 fine is legal but she would never issue one, instead she'll stick to $100 per violation.

Which she says may seem steep, but it seems to be working.

"If it was a lower amount, maybe $5-$10, they wouldn't take it that seriously," Darrow said. "We have had an overwhelming response since our enforcement. In our last snowfall, we had 1 violation."

So Erik Roberts will keep clearing his sidewalk, because he takes a $500 threat seriously.