Remember it is your responsibility to clear off your property of all snow and ice


ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETMT-TV)- When traveling on the roads of downtown Elmira you may notice some sidewalks and pathways are still not clear from our snowfall that occurred almost four days ago.

If you do not clear off your own property you are creating more hazardous conditions for the public.

According to the Elmira City Code, homeowners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of their property.

The owner or owners, occupant or occupants of the property along or in front of which, or any part of which, a sidewalk is constructed or built, shall clean the snow and ice from such sidewalk within twelve hours after the snow shall commence to fall, or the ice to form, and in case said owner or owners, or occupants shall neglect to clean such snow and ice from such sidewalk within such time, the same may be done by and under the direction of the city manager at a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each sidewalk from which such snow and ice shall be removed.

Elmira City Code

If you fail to clear the sidewalk within 12 hours after it starts snowing, you can be fined $100 by Code Enforcement. It is also the homeowner’s responsibility to shovel out fire hydrants on or near their property.

If a fire were to break out, the Elmira Fire Department would lose valuable time attempting to locate and dig out a buried fire hydrant

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