Wednesday, January 06, 2010

With the imminent White Death approaching, it is important, of course, to stock up on milk & bread. It is also important to recognize your responsibility to help keep things moving & this includes facilitating your mail carrier & keeping pedestrian vermin out of the road. You can do your part by shoveling your damn sidewalk.
Like living in a nice walkable neighborhood? Make sure it stays that way.
The idea that you can be sued for someone falling down on your sidewalk after you shovel is an urban myth. It is expected of an Ohio resident to know the natural hazards inherent in living in Ohio. You can be held liable if you go out and hose down your sidewalk when you know it is going to freeze.
Cincinnati ordinance on snow removal:
Sec. 723-57. Removal of Snow.
The owner, occupant or other person having the care of any building premises or unimproved lot of land abutting any street where there is a graded sidewalk or a sidewalk graded and paved, shall, within the first four hours after daylight after the ceasing to fall of any snow, cause the same to be removed from the paved or traveled part of such sidewalk. The provisions of this section shall also apply to the falling of snow or ice from any building onto a sidewalk.
Snow or ice shall not be moved into the gutter when the gutter has been previously cleaned, and in no event shall snow or ice from any area other than the pedestrian walk be moved into the gutter.
(C.O. 702-33; renumbered to C.M.C. 723-57, eff. Jan. 1, 1972)
Cross references: Penalty, § 723-99-I.

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