by Julie Ann Madden
Paying fines and vehicles towed are the choices people violating Akron’s Snow Ordinance face this winter.
The ordinance includes sections for parking vehicles and cleaning snow, ice and accumulations from personal properties.
The Snow Ordinance states “no person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or city-owned off-street parking area during the six-hour period immediately following any snowfall, snowstorm or ice storm except:
• Upon streets which have been fully and completely opened.
• In the event of an emergency duly reported to the police department; and
• In any commercial district during regular business hours.
Any person guilty of illegal parking (under this Snow Ordinance) shall be punished by a fine of $25 for each offense and any such vehicle shall be subject to the impounding procedures.”
Property owners are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clean.
According to the city’s ordinance, property owners are responsible for removing or having removed all snow, ice and other accumulations.
If the owner fails to so clean or remove such materials, a city employee authorized by the council may remove, or cause to be removed, all snow, ice or accumulations such as mud, sand or other debris from all sidewalks — without notice to the property owner.
The costs shall be assessed to the property owner.