Published on: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Takoma Park Newsletter

Let it snow! And be a good neighbor!

Code Enforcement Staff

Although we never really know this far in advance, forecasts for our area indicate there is a good chance for some heavy snows this year. With the potential for more snow comes an opportunity for residents and business owners to show what good neighbors they can be. When it snows, we need to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, so neighbors, children and customers can travel safely. When sidewalks aren’t clear, people have to walk in the street or try to navigate dangerous patches of ice, so please be considerate of neighbors and the community and keep your sidewalks clear.

The City recently changed some of its regulations regarding snow removal. Residents now have until noon after a night of snowfall, and until 9 p.m. after a day of snowfall, to remove snow and ice from their sidewalks. Businesses will need to keep their sidewalks clear between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The full width of your sidewalk must be clear unless full-width clearing is not feasible, in which case at a minimum a continuous three-foot wide path of the paved sidewalk must be cleared. Lastly, to protect our sidewalks and trees, the use of salt is strictly prohibited on sidewalks or within 10 feet of any trees.

Would you be willing to help out your neighbor? If your neighbor needs some assistance clearing off their sidewalk, offer to give them a hand after you finish clearing yours. For those who are physically unable to remove or clear snow, volunteers may be available to help through the Snow Angels Program. If you need a hand this winter or you’d like to help out those in the community (see page 10), contact the Lifelong Takoma Program.

This article appeared in the December 2015 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.