[Updated] Police Calls Serve as an Example of Snow Ordinance Enforcement

Sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice.

Updated: Tuesday, 8:27 a.m.

On Friday at 2:42 p.m., Vernon police responded to a complaint at 95 Hartford Turnpike for an "ordinance violation - unshoveled sidewalk."

Police responded to another sidewalk complaint on Monday at 3:19 p.m. at Oakmoor Drive and Merline Road.

Four more complaints were called in on Tuesday between 75 and 133 Merline Road.

The sidewalk, which runs in front of Connecticut Golf Land, is now clear, but the call illustrates the requirement that the property owners whose land borders sidewalks clears them of snow and ice.

It's Sec. 11-1 of the town's Code of Ordinances and it lays out the requirement that eight hours after a snowfall or eight hours after sunrise of the snowfall takes place after 8 p.m., sidewalks must be made "safe for travel."

The same goes for sidewalks that have iced over.

The fine for failing to clears the snow, ice or both, is $50, said Lt. William Meier, a public information officer for the Vernon Police Department.

Shoveling even has its rules. When clearing a sidewalk or driveway, snow should not be thrown into the street.

The same $50 fine applies.

A copy of the ordinance is attached.

Nancy S. January 08, 2013 at 12:09 PM
It is so hard to keep the sidewalks clear - especially for the private home owners. You work hard to clear it and right after the snow plow goes by and plows the heavy street snow right back onto the sidewalks you just cleared. Does the Town keep all it's sidewalks clear of ice and snow? This would be a chance for high school students to get community service hours.
Concern Citizen January 08, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Snow is part of living in Connecticut. If you have to shovel twice so be it. Why should community service hours be used to shovel a sidewalk that a private citizen is responsible for? Community service should benefit the community not one person. If you don't want to shovel you have choices move to where there are no sidewalks or snow or hire someone to do it for you!!!
Nancy S. January 08, 2013 at 02:02 PM
A senior citizen or disabled person in need? The Golden Rule? Maybe not for community service credit....maybe just teaching them how to be a good neighbor. A random act of kindness.
carl slicer January 08, 2013 at 02:10 PM
MIDAS AUTO SVC EXPERTS, 67 WINDSOR AVE. 875-4940. The side is on Terrace Dr & goes back towards Park West Apts. The sidewalk is 400 feet long & has not been shoveled since the last storm, over 10 days ago. Therefore the kids walking to school have to walk in the road. Carl.
Chris Dehnel (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 04:58 PM
The RHS principal and I just had a conversation. Sidewalk clearing can be part of the community service projects for the elderly and those with special needs. Just contact the school.
Danno January 08, 2013 at 05:12 PM
@ Carl........Call the town zoning enforcement if you have an issue or call the general line at the PD. Do you think putting the info on Patch is necessary? If you have the time to post it here, you have the time to call the town and report it properly. This is exactly why the town needs a FULL TIME zoning enforcement officer. The current position is only part time and he is inundated with many issues.
John Dolle January 08, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I actually like Mr. Slicers report. As a concerned citizen he is doing a public service! @ Danno. Seriously, you sound patronizing.
Ed Putman January 09, 2013 at 02:10 AM
I like the RHS principal's stance on Nancy's comment, and I like Dehnel's follow through on this topic that solicited his stance.
carl slicer January 09, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Well Danno: I have called the Police Dept several years in a row. I have taken pictures & shown the Police because the Police didn't believe there was a sidewalk there. I have called the Public Works Dept too & I have called the property last year & the year prior. Anything else I can do for you "DANNO"?
carl slicer January 09, 2013 at 02:06 PM
PS: Danno, look at the statutes It's the Police that enforce that rule. The Police Dept have assigned a police officer, for over 30 years, to enforce the regulation.
Chris Dehnel (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 02:07 PM
The story has been updated and moved back up the ladder after four more sidewalk complaints on Tuesday.
carl slicer January 17, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Follow up. The Windsor Ave & Terrace Drive sidewalk was never shoveled. Today, Jan. 17th, 24 hrs after this last snow storm finds the 400 foot long sidewalk is again unshoveled by its renter, Midas Auto Service Experts. Carl-
Chris Dehnel (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Sorry Jguida, can't permit the name-calling and the comment has to go. Before commenting, please read the Patch terms of use policy. http://vernon.patch.com/terms


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