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Posted on: January 29, 2019

Winter Weather Reminder- Sidewalk Safety

Winter weather can cause very hazardous conditions on sidewalks.

Please remember that pursuant to the City Code, sidewalks need to be free from snow and ice for the full paved width of the sidewalk, 24 hours after the beginning of a snowfall.  For properties that abut the intersection of two streets, the sidewalk includes the portion of the sidewalk that runs to the curbline of any street and includes any access ramps as well.

When snow and ice on any sidewalk is frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without damage to the sidewalk, it needs to be strewn and kept strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust or other suitable material, so it is no longer dangerous. As soon as reasonable thereafter, the sidewalk must be completely cleared of snow, ice and other materials strewn thereon.

Whenever any sidewalk is not kept free from snow and ice as defined in the City Code, the Superintendent of Public Works or his or her designee may clear the sidewalk so that it is free from snow and ice and shall notify the City Chamberlain of the expense incurred by the amount of labor equipment and materials used. The minimum charge for this service is $50. The City Chamberlain will bill the owner of that property for services rendered.  

We appreciate your efforts to keep city sidewalks clear!

To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared within the given time frame, or one that is found to be hazardous due to obstruction or slippery conditions you can call the Code Enforcement Officer in the Building Division at (607) 274-6508.

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