Why Review This Issue • Heavy snows last year created problems with children walking to school. • Cases of people walking in busy streets. • Reduced access to some businesses. • Appropriate requirement in our community? • Impairment of accessibility. • Heightened community awareness.
Current Regulations SMC 12.06.230 • Adjacent owner/occupant is responsible. • Snow/ice removal required within 48 hours from end of precipitation event. • City may abate and assess costs. • Municipal court hearing and fines/jail are allowed in addition to abatement.
Current Enforcement Measures • Staff receives citizen requests. • An investigation is conducted to determine that a violation exists. • A courtesy letter is sent to the responsible party. • An additional letter is sent if the problem remains.
Enforcement Issues • Most storm events are short lived. • Most storm events deposit small amounts of snow. • Widespread non-compliance. • Possible misinformation about liability. • Enforcement Officers are snow plow drivers.
Enforcement Issues • Provide Notice to responsible parties? • Selective enforcement. • Abate, write ticket, or both? • Qualified contractors for abatement. • Appeals or hearings. • Public education.
Problems and Issues • Curb ramps blocked by City snow plows. • Re-clearing after snow plowing. • Ability of the City to maintain sidewalks next to all parks and facilities. • Elderly and individuals with disabilities. • Extraordinary events and extensions.
What Are Other Cities Doing • Spotty enforcement. • Variable time frames for correction. • Most have similar laws.
Possible Changes • Establish abatement program. • Ticket writing campaign. • Public Education initiative. • List of volunteers to help. • Focus on schools and downtown businesses. • Modify time frame or snow depth. • Drop current regulations.