6:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Syracuse Considering Crackdown on Those Who Don't Shovel Their Sidewalks

 Syracuse homeowners might soon be a little more diligent about shoveling their sidewalks during the next snowfall.  But that all depends on how Monday goes – when Syracuse Common Councilors vote on whether the city should impose a $100 fine for homeowners who fail to clear their sidewalks.  

An uncleared sidewalk on Ostrom Ave. outside the WAER studios.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News
 Common Councilor Bob Dougherty revived and helped amend the legislation.  
Councilor Bob Dougherty says the safety of children is the primary driver behind the snow removal ordinance.
Dougherty knows the ordinance is controversial, but feels the city needs to start somewhere to get compliance.  Common councilor Kathleen Joy feels fines are the wrong approach.   
Councilor Kathleen Joy feels the city needs a plan to clear its OWN sidewalks before fining homeowners.
   Under the ordinance, homeowners would have until 6 p.m. the day after a snowfall to clear their sidewalks.  Warnings would be issued before a fine is imposed.  The elderly and those with disabilities would  be exempt.  If approved on Monday, the legislation would take effect immediately.