Responsibility for Removal of Snow and Ice From Sidewalks
As winter continues, it's important to know that residents have a responsibility when it pertains to their sidewalks. We have an ordinance on file (21-302) outlining said responsibility, and part of it is below. If you have any questions, call the Township.
- Every person in charge or control of any building or lot of land fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall remove and clear away or cause to be removed or cleared away, snow and/or ice from a path of at least 30 inches in width from so much of said sidewalk as is in front of or abuts on said building or lot of land, and further remove or clear away snow and/or ice from a path of at least 30 inches in width from an area around any fire hydrant on said property leading to the cartway.
- Except as provided in Subsection 3 hereof, snow and ice shall be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain.
- In the event snow and/or ice on a sidewalk has become so hard that it cannot be removed without likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person charged with its removal shall, within the time mentioned in Subsection 2 hereof, cause enough sand or other abrasive to be put on the sidewalk to make travel reasonably safe; and shall, as soon thereafter as weather permits, cause to be cleared a path in said sidewalk of at least 30 inches in width.
- In any case where the owner, occupant or tenant, as aforesaid, shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the provisions of this part within the time limit prescribed therein, the Township authorities may proceed immediately to hire an outside contractor, to clear all snow and/or ice from the sidewalk of such delinquents, and to collect the expenses thereof, with any additional amount allowed by law, from such owner, occupant or tenant, as the case may be, which may be in addition to any fine or penalty imposed under this part.