I think one of the most interesting statements for me over the years is “the city should pay for it or the city should do it.” I think it is interesting because all of us together are in the city. Recently a comment was made about the city’s snow. The citizen was complaining because the city was plowing the snow from the street onto the sidewalk. The question is whose snow is it and where does it go?
This year has been a stressful one because of the amount of the snow we have received. I know I’ve been very busy at my own home and had to fill my 6 gallon gas container. I’ve done a lot of snow removal and don’t have much room left on my property.
It is important to understand that the snow on your driveway, sidewalk and even in the street in front of you, belongs to you. The city provides services to clear your snow for you on the streets and in some cases we do sidewalks adjacent to the main roads when the sidewalk is on the curb line.
Then where does the snow need to go? The answer is on your property. Or in some cases when you don’t have any room, it needs to be hauled out by a vendor. It should not be put back out into the street and certainly not on your neighbor’s property. This includes pushing it across the street onto the boulevard. I’ve seen that in several places in town, particularly where a parking lot is involved. I even saw it being pushed into a park area.
There are a few exceptions. For instance, we do something special in the downtown area to remove snow. Keep in mind that Main Street is actually a state highway and we have a separate agreement with them to clear snow. We allow business owners to push snow into the street and then we plow it and pick it up with a blower and trucks. I’ve had people complain because they can’t park in front of a building because of snow on the street, but usually that is because the business owner pushed the snow into the street after we were done for the day. We have to come back the next day.
The snow belongs to us as property owners. We should make arrangements to take care of our own snow. It is a great idea to talk with your neighbors to make sure you are clear who owns what. Maybe you help your neighbor out, particularly if they are disabled or elderly. Be patient and we will get it all taken care of until the spring thaw comes.