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City Reminds Residents to Keep Sidewalks, Ramps Clear of Snow This Winter

November 24, 2009

For more information, contact:
Lisa Abbott, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development, City of Bloomington, 349-3420,
Danny Lopez, Communications Director, City of Bloomington, 349-CITY,

City Reminds Residents to Keep Sidewalks, Ramps Clear of Snow This Winter

Bloomington, IN - The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) Department reminds you to keep your sidewalks, including walks and ramps leading to crosswalks, clear for pedestrian safety during the winter months.

Under the Bloomington Municipal Code, property owners must remove snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours following the accumulation of snow or ice. Not complying with this ordinance could result in significant injuries to pedestrians commuting throughout the community and potential fines for property owners.

The following are tips for removing snow and ice from sidewalks:

· Shovel carefully. Do not lift too much or it can lead to back strain.

· Clear the snow down to the sidewalk surface if possible. If the snowfall begins with a layer of ice, residents may want to consider spreading sand or cinders to help remove the ice and aid in traction.

· Break away heavy ice with an ice chipper or straight edge hoe. Deep digging may result in damage to the sidewalk.

HAND also reminds residents to plan ahead. Those leaving Bloomington for the holidays should make arrangements to ensure the walks are kept clear. A good shovel with an ergonomic handle is a valuable tool when attempting to clear snow or ice, and those residents with health concerns should talk to neighbors, neighborhood associations or churches about receiving assistance.

For more information on the sidewalk ordinance, please contact HAND at 349-3401. To find out more about the City's snow removal processes, please contact the City's Street Department at 349-3448.