City of Sioux Falls officials are reminding residents to consider their neighbors during this fall’s time of property cleanup and as winter approaches.
“Sioux Falls, your neighbors are counting on you,” says Kevin Smith, Assistant Director of Planning and Building Services. “People rely on you to shovel your sidewalks for their safety. Sometimes this time of year creates a burden for people who are older or have disabilities, and we want to remind neighbors to help each other out if they need assistance.”
The City of Sioux Falls has certain community standards that residents need to follow regarding property maintenance. Some tips to follow to be a good neighbor in Sioux Falls include:
- Keep your yard clean, including mowing the lawn in the summer and shoveling your sidewalk in the winter. Residents have 48 hours from the end of a weather event to remove snow and ice from sidewalks.
- Maintain your home: keep it in a safe, sanitary, and decent condition by painting your house, raking leaves, disposing of pet waste, and picking up trash.
- Park your car where it belongs: in the garage or driveway or on the street.
- Maintain a commercial garbage service, and keep your garage containers in an inconspicuous place.
- Help your neighbors if they need assistance.
“As you begin your fall cleanup, consider the needs of those around you,” says Smith. “If one of your neighbors needs help raking leaves this fall or shoveling the sidewalk this winter, see if your neighborhood can come together and provide some assistance.”
To encourage this type of neighborly assistance, the City is requesting residents to share their good neighbor stories. If you have a neighbor who goes above and beyond to create a safe and beautiful Sioux Falls, submit your story at www.siouxfalls.org/goodneighbor.