When it snows, residents must work together to keep sidewalks clear

Sidewalks on Berkshire Road, west of Lee Road, are (mostly) clear thanks to a good neighbor. Photo by Susan Miller.

Both Cleveland Heights and University Heights have ordinances that require property owners to keep the sidewalks clear, yet they are often not enforced. We take pride in our walkable communities, but are they so walkable when it snows?

Many sidewalks remain covered in snow and ice, and pedestrians, including children on their way to school, resort to walking in the street.

Cleveland Heights’s ordinance says, “For safety's sake, residents and merchants should keep their walks free of snow, ice, and debris.” University Heights’s code requires owners to keep sidewalks “in repair and free from snow, ice or any nuisance.” Owners are required “to remove from such sidewalks, curbs or gutters all snow and ice accumulated thereon within a reasonable time, which will ordinarily not exceed 12 hours after any storm during which the snow and ice has accumulated.”

Neighbors can help each other maintain a clear right of way on their streets. Some homeowners pitch in and clean the sidewalks for neighbors who are less able, or unable, to do so themselves. Do you have good neighbors on your street? Let us know about them. Send us a picture of your good neighbors in action, and we’ll publish them in a special article celebrating their neighborliness. We at the Heights Observer would like to thank all of our good neighbors for helping to keep our neighborhoods safe.

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 9:15 AM, 01.24.2013