Time to pay the piper for our 53-degree temps today, dig out the winter coat and boots, and find the extension cord for the snow thrower. Winter weather is finally coming to Uptown.
Here's a new website the city has come out with: ChicagoShovels.org. It has links where you can see if your car's been relocated, track the progress of city snowplows, and join the Snow Corps to shovel for someone in need.
There's a link from there that we think we'll find particularly helpful: Sidewalk Snow Removal.
Who is responsible for clearing the snow and ice from sidewalks?
According to the Municipal Code of Chicago, "Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk..." It is everyone's responsibility to make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. We are all pedestrians and benefit from having a safe, clear, and continuous path to travel.
What happens if I don't clear my sidewalk?
Individuals who do not comply with the sidewalk snow removal ordinance can face fines of $50. Businesses who do not comply with the sidewalk snow removal ordinance can face fines from $250 to $500 per day of violation.
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