COLUMN: The Codes Corner - Keep sidewalks clear now that snow has arrived

— Making snowy and icy sidewalks safe for the public to use is a priority here in our upstate community of Baldwinsville. The first concern is preventing anyone from falling on your sidewalk. Unfortunately, if this happens you may be dealing with a law suit. After shoveling, if a thin layer of snow or ice is left on the sidewalk, rock salt is a great option. As the temperature drops and the salt stops working, the salt granules make a gritty surface to walk on to help avoid slips and falls.

Village residents should be aware that the village ordinance requires all property owners adjacent to public sidewalks to clear them within 24 hours after the end of a snowfall.

Village ordinances also prohibit the piling or plowing of snow into the street or sidewalks. Depositing snow or ice upon another parcel without express permission from the owner of that parcel is also prohibited.

While it is unlawful to cover a fire hydrant with snow or ice, it is also important to keep access to fire hydrants clear. A fast response from the fire department can be hindered by having to locate or clear a path to a hydrant. The inability to access a hydrant can increase damage to a structure and even more importantly, risk a life.

Gregg Humphrey is the code enforcement officer for the village of Baldwinsville. For more information regarding village ordinances, contact the Code Enforcement office at 635-2481 or by email at ghumphrey@baldwinsville.org.

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