[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Monroe 11-28-1994 (Ch. 93 of the 1976 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:
- The Director of Public Works or, in his absence, his duly designated and acting representative.
- That portion of a street or highway improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder.
- That portion of a street between curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines intended for the use of pedestrians.
- STREET or HIGHWAY
- The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
Every person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company, syndicate or other entity owning any building or lot of land within the Town fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk shall remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away, snow and ice from so much of said sidewalk as is in front of or abuts on said building or lot of land.
Except as provided in Subsection C hereof, snow and ice shall be removed from all sidewalks within the Town within four hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain, if in the daytime, and if in the nighttime, then before 10:00 in the morning of the succeeding day.
However, in the event that snow or ice on a sidewalk has become so hard that it cannot be removed without likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person or entity charged with its removal shall, within the time mentioned in Subsection B hereof, cause enough sand or other abrasive to be put on the sidewalk to make travel thereon reasonably safe and shall then, as soon thereafter as weather permits, cause said sidewalk to be thoroughly cleaned.
The provisions of § 7-163a, Connecticut General Statutes, are hereby adopted. Section 7-163a, Connecticut General Statutes, makes the owner of the property abutting a public sidewalk liable for injuries to persons or property caused by the presence of ice or snow on a public sidewalk.
In case of any failure or neglect to comply with the provisions of Subsection B and C, the Director shall have removed such snow or ice, or properly cover such sidewalk with sand or other suitable substance, and the expense thereof shall be collectable from the person so failing or neglecting, in an action of debt brought in the name of the Town.
No person or entity shall allow any vehicle used or owned by him or it or registered in his or its name to remain parked on a public highway during or after a snowstorm in such a manner as to interfere with the work of removing or plowing snow or removing ice or in such a manner as to add to the hazard of driving on such highway.
In the event that a vehicle must be abandoned on the roadway due to circumstances beyond the control of the user or owner, such user/owner shall notify the Police Department within two hours of such abandonment. In the event that the user or owner of any such vehicle provides the notice called for by this subsection, such vehicle shall not be subject to impoundment as would otherwise be provided for in Subsection C.
The Board of Police Commissioners shall designate one or more suitable places for the impounding of motor vehicles. Impounded motor vehicles shall be repossessed only upon payment of a towing charge and a storage charge, said charges to be set by the Board of Police Commissioners.
It is unlawful for property owners or any other person to deposit snow or ice in the roadways in other than incidental amounts which would not add to the hazard of driving on such a roadway. It shall be the duty of the property owner to remove such deposits within two hours' notice of a violation.
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to see that all provisions of §§ 447-2 and 447-4 are duly enforced. He shall report the names and addresses of all violators, together with the time and nature of the offense, to the Director, who shall cause such walks or roadways to be cleaned and the cost thereof charged to and liened against the violator.
Any person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company, syndicate or other entity who or which violates any provision of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of an infraction, cited therefor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined in an amount not exceeding $90 in addition to any costs associated with § 447-5 and 447-3D. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.