As we continue to respond to the challenges of this winter weather, we appreciate the patience and cooperation of residents and businesses throughout the City. While the snow and ice have created dangerous conditions, crews have been out night and day for more than one week without interruption to improve conditions for motorists and pedestrians. I thank everyone who has contributed to this effort.
Despite everything we've endured these last few weeks, there is still plenty of winter ahead this season. Please help us keep our streets and sidewalks safe by doing the following:
-Always clear your sidewalks within 24 hours of a storm. This is the law and the right thing to do. If you don't clear your sidewalks you can be fined $100 per day.
-Help a neighbor in need. Especially if you know that you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, please check-up on them and lend a hand by clearing their sidewalk and asking them what you can do to help them.
-Obey parking bans. Listen for the City's Everbridge calls that provide detailed information on parking bans before they are launched. Look for this same information on the City website. If you aren't receiving Everbridge calls you need to "opt in" via the Emergency Operations page of the City website. If someone you know wants to receive these calls but they aren't comfortable using the internet, please suggest that they call the Emergency Operations Center.
-Obey the 72 hour rule. Did you know that by law a vehicle cannot remain unmoved for more than 72 hours? If you don't move your vehicle, especially after a storm, you can be towed at your expense.
-During and immediately following a major storm, please do your best to stay off of the roads for your safety and so that we can maximize our plowing, salting, sanding and snow removal efforts.
-Pay attention to your roof. Accumulations of snow and ice like what we've experienced over the last several weeks can cause significant damage to your home or business. Please pay attention to your roof in particular and contact the building department if you have concerns.