July 15, 2010
It may be difficult to think about snow in this heat, but the Charlottesville City Council is making sure that next winter, sidewalks will stay clear.
Charlottesville residents who didn't keep their sidewalks shoveled were handed citations from the police department this winter. But the new law city council is proposing says that the police department will no longer issue citations.
The city attorney says the law will be written so that people have 24 hours to clear snow from sidewalks instead of 12 hours. If they don't clear the snow within that 24-hour window of snowfall, the city will clear it then bill the residents for it.
If the residents don't pay, the cost will be added to their tax bills.
The purpose of this new ordinance is to make sure the sidewalks stay clear of snow for safety reasons.