Leggett to Residents: Shovel Your Sidewalks
County Executive Ike Leggett said it is now time for residents to clear snow from sidewalks in front of their homes, as required by County law on Wednesday.
On Monday, after a massive snow storm with accumulations greater than three feet, the County asked residents to clear snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes as possible. In that request, the County noted that any enforcement for now of sidewalk snow removal would be reasonable and follow common sense. Under County law, residents are required to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours of the end of the storm.
"Now, four days after the storm, our streets are passable and being improved," said Leggett. "Soon schoolchildren will be returning to school. For those who have already cleared their walks, I say ‘Thank you.’ For those who haven’t, now is the time – about 90 hours after the storm passed."
"This is important so that schoolchildren are not walking in the street, so that seniors can get where they need to go, and so that all pedestrians and commuters using Ride On and Metro can get around safely."
"I urge people to finish clearing their sidewalks now," said Leggett. "The County will begin accepting complaints on Thursday at 10:00 am; those complaints can be filed online at the mc311 website."
While residents must clear their sidewalks, both the County and the State are also under pressure to clear sidewalks and walkways along County roads and State highways. Many area corners are piled high with heavy wet compacted snow making it almost impossible to traverse and forcing pedestrians to walk in the streets, often on busy area roads like Germantown Road and Great Seneca Highway.
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