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Keep those sidewalks clean ... or else

Scott Seitz2 • Feb 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

City of Norwalk officials reminds residents and property owners of premises located in city limits must make their front, sides and rear sidewalks safe for travel within 12 hours after a snow event ends.

Failure to comply may result in a citation for a minor misdemeanor. Any such violation shall constitute a separate offense on each successive day continued.

Street parking bans will be issued in the city of Norwalk when the snow on the ground reaches a depth of 2 inches.

Residents are required to move their vehicles off city streets so that snowplows can clear the streets.

Snow bans will be provided to local radio stations. Residents are asked to use common sense in parking on-street during snow events.

City residents recently expressed concern about the curb area between the parking spaces and the sidewalk in the uptown. This is an area that can stack up with snow from the plows, leaving people with no clear path to the sidewalk.

"Typically, that area opened up by the business owners or property owners so the customers can have access to the stores," said Josh Snyder, public works director.

"The guys plow the downtown and obviously, the snow has to go somewhere," he added. "The snow goes up on top of the curbs and the guys don't carry shovels with them. Invariably, during the plowing process, the snow accumulates on that part of the curb."

Snyder said city crews were removing snow from the uptown area Monday by placing it into the backs of trucks and hauling it to the street department.

"That is not the first step," he said about snow removal, but added it is important, especially if another heavy snow is forecast soon after the end of the first snow event.

"We want to free up those parking spaces," Snyder said.

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