Champaign imposes sidewalk shoveling deadline

Champaign has enacted its sidewalk clearing rules after the overnight snowfall.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for areas of freezing drizzle that will continue to fall across central and southeast Illinois into mid-morning Tuesday.

Surface temperatures near freezing and the salt spread on many roads in the past 24 hours should minimize the build up of an icy glaze. But light icing is still a threat on untreated roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. Caution is urged across the region this morning due to the potential for slick spots.  Motorists are advised to slow down and allow extra travel time for the morning commute.

In Champaign, sidewalks in the designated campus and downtown areas must be clear of snow by 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Sidewalks that aren't cleared could be cleared by the city at the owner's expense.

Temperatures are forecast to reach 37 Tuesday. Rain and temperatures in the 40s are forecast for Wednesday, and daily highs are expected in the 40s through Monday.

 

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scollins4443 wrote on February 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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The new ordinance is something else. Are the owners of the business liable if someone slips and gets hurt? Also, do they now own the sidewalks? What about ice, do they have to de-ice the sidewalks with salt and sand too? Will they be able to use this for a  tax write off as a  business expense? Just want to know counsel members.

David Illinois wrote on February 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Really???  We get one-quarter inch of snow and the City is threatening business owners???  Nice!

ksquish wrote on February 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Those who live or operate a business in a part of town with high pedestrian activity or by a school should shovel their sidewalks in the first place, even if there were no ordinance, similar to how everyone should mow their lawn in the summer. The ordinance is only there because some people are incredibly lazy or too selfish to care about others to take 10 minutes out of their day to get some exercise and shovel.

I can only speak for my own experiences, but in other cities I've lived in, most people did shovel their sidewalks (and there were no ordinances). And if you had a very elderly or incapable neighbor, you did theirs, too. But I guess the world has changed, or maybe I'm just being nostalgic.

thelowedown wrote on February 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Why whine to your council members when you can do a seven second Google search?

http://ci.champaign.il.us/departments/neighborhood-services/code-compliance/nuisances/sidewalk-snow-removal-3/

David Illinois wrote on February 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Even less clear...we clearly did not get two inches of snow.  And are abrasives supposed to be applied or removed?