A public backlash over a plan to fine Saskatoon property owners for failing to shovel their sidewalks has sent the proposal down to defeat.

At its meeting Monday night councillors defeated a proposal to increase enforcement and hand out tickets to those who fail to comply with a bylaw that requires property owners to clear their sidewalks.

Councillors chose to not to approve the measure after public criticism of the idea combined with complaints about the city's own snow removal system.

Coun. Ann Iwanchuck is asking administration to report on options and costs for a comprehensive snow removal system, including clearing sidewalks and lowering the requirement for when ruts in the road are graded.

Iwanchuck has asked the report be tabled in time for 2014 budget deliberations, meaning the current system will not change for this year.