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When snow and ice on any sidewalk is frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalk, it needs to be strewn and kept strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust or other suitable material, so as to be no longer dangerous to life and limb. As soon as practical thereafter, the sidewalk shall 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 shall be $50. The City Chamberlain shall promptly bill the owner of that property for services rendered.
To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared within the given time frame, you can call the Code Enforcement Officer in the Building Division at (607) 274-6508. More information can be found here: Exterior Property Maintenance Ordinance
Certain areas around the Ithaca Commons are allowed to place signs, planters, and merchandise in front of their storefronts. City Code dictates how many, how large, and where these items can be placed. A five foot section of unobstructed sidewalk must be maintained for pedestrian access. If you have questions or concerns about a particular location, please contact the Superintendent of Public Works Office at (607) 274-6527.
The City of Ithaca also has a Special Event Team that helps planners have safe, accessible and successful events. Questions or concerns about a special event can be forwarded to City Clerk Julie Conley Holcomb at (607) 274-6570.
The Mobility, Accessibility and Transportation Commission is a group of volunteer citizens that assess all modes of transportation in the City. They work to identify, educate, and advise Common Council and city staff on issues that present obstacles to equal rights, access, and privileges for persons with disabilities. The Commission meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in Common Council Chambers, 3rd floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street. Everyone is welcome to attend and public comment at the beginning of the meeting is welcomed.