Ordinance passed

The Three Rivers City Commission last week passed an ordinance related to sidewalk snow removal.

The ordinance calls for the owner of a building or lot adjacent to a paved sidewalk to clear the sidewalk within 72 hours of a measureable snowfall. In addition, the ordinance requires sand or an abrasive to be applied if snow is too hard or if ice has formed on the sidewalk.

City manager Joe Bippus said a team of volunteers will be deployed to aid senior citizens or people who are handicapped and unable to do the clearing on their own.

A number of landlords and residents raised concerns about the ordinance, as the owner of multiple properties may have to hire the help to be done. In addition, there were questions about whose judgment would be cited to whether snowfall accumulation warrants removal, and who decides at what time a snowfall has concluded.

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