Friday, December 28, 2012

Don't Be A Snow Flake

If you're the one who gets to shovel the snow in front of your place, Ald. Pawar's latest newsletter has a link to a pretty good article on efficient shoveling techniques from Popular Mechanics called "16 Cardinal Rules for Snow Shovelling."

Time for the yearly reminder of the city's snow ordinance:

"There is a City ordinance that requires building owners or tenants to remove the snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their buildings or vacant lots. The ordinance states that if the sidewalk is wider than five feet, only a five foot path is necessary.

"Snow that accumulates before 4:00 p.m. must be removed within three hours after the snow has fallen. Snow that accumulates after 4:00 p.m. or during the night shall be removed before 10:00 a.m. Non-compliance can result in ticketing and fines. Violations can be reported to 311."

You can read more about the particulars on the City's Sidewalk Snow Removal webpage.


  1. Does the city actually fine homeowners for not clearing the walk? Considering the number of people who leave their walks un-shoveled I would love to see LOTS of fines handed out.

  2. 1001 West Leland, owned by the bank, has NOT shoveled their sidewalks once and was hit by some tagging last week... But as there is no contact info on the building, no way to reach the correct person...