March 18, 2014
The day after the storm and it's time to make sure city sidewalks are clear, or the City of Charlottesville will come knocking.
Charlottesville home and business owners have until 1:00 p.m. Tuesday to make sure their sidewalks are snow-free, or else they risk being fined.
The City Manager declared 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, as the end of the most recent snow fall. Charlottesville City Code requires that property owners remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of snow fall.
Many of the walkways in the city have been cleared clear, although some residents said they had no idea that the deadline was 1pm today.
Rob Harris, an apartment manager, said he was very familiar with the law, and was out making sure all the properties he owned had a completely clear sidewalk.
"I wouldn't wish for another big one. I have to push parking lots and stuff that we have too, but it's been okay."
The city says the regulations are all about keeping pedestrians safe. In past storms contractors have been sent to clear the snowy walkways, and then the homeowner gets a bill, the average of which is $150.