No, it doesn't say "all of the sidewalk", it says "clear away...the snow
from the foot pavements".
It also doesn't say "clear away the snow from 50% of the foot pavements" or
"clear away enough snow from the foot pavements to make a walkway at least
wide enough for one person to walk through", it says "clear away...the snow
from the foot pavements."
Seems pretty straight forward to me...they want it cleared away from the
entire foot pavement.
However, here's what I find interesting with the section of code you
It specifically addresses what you are supposed to do "within 24 hours
after the fall of any snow." Note the words "fall of any snow".
Ok, so the snow falls from 1AM to 6AM. At 7AM you clear the snow from the
foot pavement. At 8AM the plow comes by and pushes a ton of snow from the
road onto the foot pavement. Since it wasn't put there by "any fall of
snow" it appears that you do not have to clear it. Well, at least not until
the next "fall of any snow" at which time you would have to clear both the
new snow and the plowed snow.
Maybe there is a different section of code that addresses the snow that
plow put back on the foot pavement.
Don't have the original posting and don't know if the ordinance mentions
it but does the ordinance give the homeowner immunity from liability for
complying with the ordinance and removing the snow, etc.?
It's pretty well settled in the law, I am told, that if you do NOT
shovel your sidewalk and a passerby slips and falls it's on him, not
you. However, if you go out, shovel the snow and there's a freeze thaw
cycle that creates ice (black or otherwise) and you do nothing to
remediate it, and the next goof walks by and breaks his leg... guess
what? You could be held liable. Another variant, I guess, of don't
mess with Mother Nature.
On 12/10/2013 7:42 PM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
I've always thought that way - if there is snow on the walk, the
pedestrian knows what they are getting into and it's up to them whether
to walk there or not. Not talking about in commercial areas etc, but in
my neighborhood where there really aren't pedestrians other than the
mailman and the occasional dog walker. It snowed here the night before
last, and I shoveled my driveway and not the sidewalk. The driveway
still had a thin refreezing slush on it, that hindered my walking on it.
I actually found it safer to walk in the snowy areas. This was for 2-3
inches of snow; obviously wouldn't work for a foot but we don't usually
(knock on wood) get that much.
I start off with a wider swath than I end up with as I get tired. I'm a
middle aged (and then some) 5' tall woman, and in my neighborhood, no
one goes around looking for business shoveling. I spend my energy on my
driveway, and frequently let the sidewalk fend for itself. Most of the
neighbors seem to follow that approach. The mailman says he doesn't care
as long as the driveways are clear enough to get to the mailboxes. My
home & driveway are positioned directly across from a right angle road
(ie, if the person coming down that road neglects to turn left or right,
they'll end up in my driveway). Problem is that when the county plow
comes down that road and swings to its right, it shoves all of its snow
up on top of part of the public sidewalk. One time, the pile was almost
my height and several feet wide, so no way could I clear the sidewalk.
When I was house hunting, I actually wanted to find a house with no
public sidewalk so that I wouldn't have to worry about it. Alas, I
didn't find a house I liked, but in my immediate neighborhood at least
half of the blocks don't have a sidewalk. I'm seriously considering
finding out if I'm required to have a sidewalk, or if I can just remove
it and plant grass!
On Monday, December 9, 2013 9:34:20 PM UTC-5, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Although we don't get a lot of snow here just north of Baltimore, we have a
90' drive and every so often we get so much snow that I can't get the car
out to the street unless I clear the drive. I bought a good two-stage blowe
r but only use it every third year, on average. Still, when needed, it's a
lifesaver. Starting in November, I start it up and let it run for several m
inutes on the first weekend of every month to make sure it's ready for acti
If I had a community sidewalk, I would probably try to clear the whole
thing, and some salt. Most of travel at my house is through the driveway.
Unless I expect a lot of company, I do the least possible. If my two leaf
blowers don't do it, I just sparsely push the snow around, with a little
We generally don't get mor than 4-6 inches anymore, but got 17 inches 4
years ago. that required some work. My cavalier was in my front lawn. I had
to clear about 6 feet in back of it, to get on the street. Probably 25
inches at the curb.
We live a little outside town, and the only sidewalks are between
our driveway and our door. I shovel the whole width, while my
husband works the 100-foot driveway with the snow blower. (I also
shovel the patio and the deck, so that we can get to the grill
and hot tub, respectively.) If the snow is really deep, he does
the sidewalks and patio with the snow blower.
I pretty much ignore other people's snow removal unless I visit them.
Then I'd prefer somewhat more than 18".
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