Action Line: Yes, you have to shove your sidewalks free of snow
January 30, 2018
Question — Do I have to shovel my sidewalk when it snows, even if nobody walks past my house?
Answer — Yes.
Residents and businesses are required to shovel sidewalks within 24 hours of a storm. Brian Rowe, streets supervisor for the town, said it's important to clear them in case people — especially those who are young or elderly — come across unexpected patches of ice or snow and fall.
The town has more laws and guidelines that should also be followed, Rowe said.
It's against the law to shovel snow into the street. Snow should also be kept away from fire hydrants, so public safety officials can access them in the event of an emergency.
Residents can also help the town's street crews by parking their cars in their driveways, so crews can plow the roads.
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Rowe said crews often work through both night and day trying to clear roads. In the past year, he said, the town has increased its outreach efforts to remind residents of the regulations, and he's noticed more residents have helped him and his team by not piling snow in the streets.
To see the town's snow plan, go to windsorgov.com/snowplan.