Saskatoon city council members decided against hiring a bylaw enforcement officer to issue tickets when sidewalks are not cleared of snow. (CBC)

City council in Saskatoon has rejected a proposal to hire a bylaw officer to hand out tickets to homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks of snow.

The idea was to ensure walks were cleared within 48 hours of a snowfall.

However, the proposal quickly melted in the face of hundreds of angry complaints to city hall over the city's own snow removal efforts.

"I certainly did receive 100 per cent negative comment from my constituents," Ann Iwanchuk, a city council member, said Monday night, when asked about feedback she has heard about the city's snow removal job.

Iwanchuk said the response likely influenced council members on the sidewalk enforcement proposal.

"I'm assuming from the comments made by colleagues on council that they received similar types of complaints and concerns so I imagine that's why they changed their votes," she said.

City council did refer the issue back to city administration to have the topic reconsidered and brought to a future meeting of council.

With files from CBC's Dan Zakreski