Agenda Item 10
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Bill 21-14, Streets and Roads
Sidewalk Snow Removal Plan
recommendation (3-0): approve Bill as introduced.
Bill 21-14, Streets and Roads - Sidewalk Snow Removal Plan, sponsored by
Councilmembers Riemer and Navarro, was introduced on April 22. A public hearing was held on
July 8 and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee worksession
was held on October 6.
Bill 21-14 would require the Executive to develop a Sidewalk Snow Removal Plan.
Although property owners are already required to remove snow and ice from sidewalks that are
contiguous to their property within 24 hours after precipitation ends, winter snow storms have
left County sidewalks covered with snow and ice for many days after a winter weather event. In
addition, a sidewalk that is not adjacent to privately owned property is not covered by this law.
Currently, the County takes primary responsibility for clearing snow and ice from County roads,
but does not clear snow and ice from sidewalks along these roads. The Bill would require the
Executive to develop a sidewalk snow removal plan that includes a:
digital map of the County that shows who is responsible for clearing snow and ice
on each sidewalk in the County;
"major storm event" communications plan that addresses notice to County
residents of a major storm event and the sidewalk snow and ice removal
requirements in this Section;
targeted public education campaign about sidewalk snow and ice removal for
owners of property in the County;
designation of pedestrian priority routes for targeted education and increased
snow and ice removal enforcement;
public education campaign about how to request enforcement of this Section;
plan to provide extended hours for County personnel who receive snow and ice
removal complaints during a major storm event;
plan for removal of snow and ice on publicly owned property; and
plan for trash removal during a major storm event.