After our first significant snowfall of winter fell on Saturday, residents and business owners are reminded to keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice.
First and foremost, it’s the right thing to do. Clearing snow and ice off sidewalks is a civic responsibility to friends and neighbors. It allows safe, convenient passage for those who use the sidewalks.
Second, it’s the law in Archbold, as established by Village Council in 2016.
The law requires walks be cleared of snow and ice within 48 hours of the cessation of accumulation. In other words, once it stops snowing, sidewalks must be clear within 48 hours. After that, a property owner is subject to anything from a friendly reminder to a fine of up to $500.
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, requiring sidewalks be cleared provides an opportunity for enterprising youngsters to pick up a little pocket money by shoveling snow for those who can’t, or won’t, do it themselves. A few dollars, a nice tip, and perhaps a bit of hot cocoa will move a lot of snow.
Keep your sidewalks clear. It’s the friendly, responsible, and neighborly thing to do.
And it’s the law.