Innovative Manchester Snow Removal Ordinance

Text of Manchester snow removal ordinance which allows tenants to request snow removal service, if landlords do not clear the snow from their property in a timely fashion. We’ll talk more about the ordinance in the next Community Party Hartford News column.

AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Directors of the Town of Manchester that Chapter

279, Article III, of the Code of Ordinances, Snow and Ice Removal from Sidewalks, is hereby

amended by revising Sections 279-19 through 279-23 as follows:

Snow and Ice Removal From Sidewalks

§ 279-19 Duty of abutters to abate snow and ice hazards.

A. The owner, agent of the owner, or occupant of any building or land bordering upon any

street, square or public place, within the Town where there is a sidewalk, concrete or

paved, or a fire hydrant, shall cause to be removed therefrom any and all snow, sleet and

ice within 24 hours after the same shall have fallen; and whenever any such sidewalk or

any part thereof shall be covered with ice, the owner, agent or occupant of the building or

land adjacent thereof shall, within the space of 12 hours thereafter cause such walk to be

made safe and convenient by removing the ice therefrom, or by covering the same with

sand or some other suitable substance.

B. Sidewalks shall be cleared and sanded to pedestrian push-button signals, through snow

windrows at intersecting streets, crosswalks, sidewalk ramps and bus stops so that

pedestrians have unimpeded access to pedestrian push-button signals and have walking

space to cross at intersecting streets, crosswalks, sidewalk ramps and bus stops.

C. Fire hydrants shall be cleared of snow and ice so as to create a four-foot clearance in all

directions, and a three-foot-wide path should be cleared from the fire hydrant to the

street, square or public place so that Fire Department personnel shall have unimpeded

access to the fire hydrant.

D. No person shall lay, throw, blow, place or plow on or into any public sidewalk, public

street or public right of way any snow or ice from any private property, public or private

sidewalk or public right of way in a manner which jeopardizes public safety or impedes

pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

E. The owner, agent or occupant of any building or lot of land, whose duty it is to clear the

sidewalk or fire hydrant adjacent thereto, who shall violate any of the provisions of the

foregoing subsections, or refuse or neglect to comply with the same, shall be deemed

guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined $75 per offense. Each

24 hour period shall be deemed to constitute a separate offense.

§ 279-20 Agreements imposing responsibility on occupants.

Should the owner or agent of the owner of any building or land be able to verify with written

documentation that the occupant of the building or land is responsible for the removal of snow

and ice, then the occupant will be deemed liable for violations under this ordinance.

§ 279-21 Removal of snow and ice by Town. Lien.

A. In the event of the failure of the owner, agent of the owner or the occupant of any

building or land to comply with the provisions of Section 279-19 above, and in addition

to the penalty provided in Section 279-19 E. above, the owner of the building or land

shall be responsible for any expense incurred by the Town in removing snow, sleet and

ice from such public sidewalk so as to maintain the public sidewalk safe and convenient

for public travel. Any expense incurred by the Town shall constitute a claim against the

owner of the building or land adjacent to such public sidewalk and shall, upon the

recording of a certificate of lien in the Town Clerk’s office, as provided by statute, be a

lien upon the premises adjoining such public sidewalk in favor of the Town.

B. The removal of snow, sleet or ice by the Town in accordance with paragraph A. above

may occur under either of the following circumstances:

1. When the building or land is vacant, unoccupied or uninhabited and the timely

removal of snow, sleet or ice jeopardizes public safety; or

2. After the issuance of two or more citations for violations of Section 279-19.

§ 279-22 Liability of corporate officers for violations.

Whenever a private corporation shall violate the provisions of this article, any officers and/or

directors of such corporation shall be personally liable for any fine imposed.

§ 279-23 Youth Corps for snow and ice removal.

The Youth Commission is hereby requested to work with Town staff and the Manchester school

system to develop a Youth Corps consisting of volunteers to assist eligible owners and occupants

of residential properties in complying with the provisions of Section 279-19.

Adopted: October 7, 2014

Action No.: 328-14

NOTICE OF MUNICIPAL LIEN
Property Address:
Owner of Record/Volume and Page:
Amount of Lien:
Date of Services:
Notice is hereby given by the Town of Manchester that pursuant to the Town of
Manchester Code of Ordinances, Chapter 279, Article III, Section 297-21, a lien is placed on the
above-referenced property in the name of the owner of record to reimburse the Town of
Manchester for expenses incurred for the removal of snow and ice from the public sidewalk
abutting the property as a result of the property owner’s failure to comply with Section 279-19 of
the ordinance.
Dated this _____ day of February, 2015 at Manchester, Connecticut.
_________________________________ Scott Shanley General Manager

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