As a result, Jamestown Public Works Director Jeff Lehman is reminding residents and business owners that it is their responsibility to clear the sidewalks adjacent to their properties. Also, residents and business owners are responsible for storing snow from their driveways or sidewalks on the terrace or other logical locations on their private property.
It is illegal to move snow and other materials into the roadway or to obstruct sidewalks and those who do could be subject to a fine.
The reminder comes after major snow storms swept through the area last month and earlier this month, dropping a large amount of snow on the city. Many sidewalks were blocked and some who removed snow from their sidewalks or driveways had placed it in the street, making additional work for the city.
On Monday night during the Jamestown City Council work session, Lehman said the city’s aging snow removal equipment was also having a difficult time keeping up – a sign that new equipment will be needed if the city is to try and stay on top of future snow falls.
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi also reminded council members and the public that while the city will sometimes clear sidewalks in high foot traffic areas – including areas around schools and the downtown – that is only done after all other snow removal priorities are dealt with.