Memo to Windsor residents and business owners who don’t want a lighter wallet: Shovel your sidewalks when it snows.
Those who haven’t shoveled their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowstorm this winter are being hit with fines. Failure to remove snow or ice within 24 hours of a snowstorm results in a $70 fine.
According to police reports, from Jan. 7-10, six residents and two businesses were socked with fines.
After a Jan. 28 snowstorm, seven residents were hit with fines Jan. 29. At least four more residents were issued fines from Feb. 3-7.
“What the ordinance allows is that after the storm is over with or after it stops snowing, they’re supposed to have the snow removed from their sidewalks within 24 hours,” said Windsor police Lt. Richard Higuera. “Reason being is we get a lot of complaints. Kids walk to school. People walk to the businesses. If it’s left untended, then it becomes icy, and we don’t want any slips and falls. We don’t want people breaking a hip. Twenty-four hours, after it stops snowing is sufficient time for somebody to get it cleared. The way we do it is our ordinance people look at it.”
Higuera said if citizens call in and make the police aware of the spot, they’ll send ordinance officers out to take a look at it.
“If they’re not clearing it, we’ll usually encourage them to get it taken care of without any ticketing. Usually they get a warning, but it’s not required,” Higuera said. “If they don’t do it, the Town will go ahead and have it removed and we give them a ticket for not removing it.”
Higuera said it’s been a bad winter so far.
“This year has been bad because we’ve had snowstorm after snowstorm,” he said.
He said the fine portion is $70, and that doesn’t include the cost the town has to pay the contractor to remove the snow if the resident or business owner doesn’t do so in a timely manner.
“The real simple answer is just remove your snow,” Higuera said. “Most of the instances where we have ended up ticketing is (other) people have called saying they’re not taking the snow off. People really have an interest in that.”