[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of East Haddam as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In the future, all roads that the Town takes over shall be at least 50 feet wide.
No person shall plow, throw, put or cause to be thrown or put any snow or ice from any private property or from any area in the rear of said private property or in the area between a private dwelling house or structure and the legally laid out sidewalk into any public highway in the Town of East Haddam.
No person, either as owner, occupant or as the person entitled to legal possession, shall permit snow to remain on the roof of any building in such condition that the same may slide therefrom upon any street or highway in the Town.
Whenever the sidewalk, or any part thereof, adjoining or fronting any building or lot of land or any street, square or public place in the Town of East Haddam shall have upon it an accumulation of snow, sleet or ice, it shall be the duty of the owner, occupant or any person having the care of such building or lot to cause such sidewalks to be made safe and convenient by removing the snow, sleet or ice therefrom, or by covering the same with sand or some other suitable substance, and in case such owner, occupant or other person having the care of such building or lot shall neglect to do so for the space of eight hours during the daytime, the person whose legal duty it shall be to clear the sidewalk, and so neglecting, shall be fined not more than $25 for each occurrence, and every hour of neglect to make the sidewalks safe in accordance with the provisions of this section, after notice from the First Selectman or his designee, shall constitute a separate offense.
If any sidewalk shall remain encumbered with snow, ice, or sleet for four hours after the owner or person having charge or care of the lot or building bordering on such sidewalk and legally liable to clear the same has been notified by the First Selectman or his designee to clear the same, and if the sidewalk shall not be covered with sand or some other suitable substance, the Board of Selectmen shall cause the same to be cleared and collect the expense thereof from such owner or other persons. The Town Attorney shall, at the request of the Board of Selectmen, collect by suit such expense as a debt due to the Town of East Haddam.
It shall be the duty of the Board of Selectmen to cause to be cleared all crosswalks and all sidewalks properly belonging to the Town of East Haddam and not adjoining the land of private individuals.
The Board of Selectmen shall provide for the reasonable inspection of sidewalks, and shall order the owner or occupants of property adjoining any sidewalk to remove the snow, ice, sleet or any foreign materials impeding passageways thereon. If such removal is not accomplished within four hours from the time of notice thereof, the Board of Selectmen may remove such snow, ice, sleet or other obstacles, which shall be a charge against the owner/occupant of the property adjoining such sidewalk or the person responsible for such obstacles; and the cost shall be collected by the Town of East Haddam from the person responsible for the use of said Town, and if payment is not made within a sixty-day period, there shall be a lien upon the property of the person responsible.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 13a-149 of the Connecticut General Statutes or any other General Statute or Special Act, the Town of East Haddam shall not be liable to any person injured in person or property caused by the presence of ice or snow on a public sidewalk unless the Town of East Haddam is the owner or the person in possession and control of land abutting such sidewalk, other than land used as a highway or street, provided that the Town of East Haddam shall be liable for its affirmative acts with respect to such sidewalk.
The owner or person in possession and control of land abutting a public sidewalk shall have the same duty of care with respect to the presence of ice or snow on such sidewalk abutting his property as the municipality had prior to the effective date of this section, adopted pursuant to the provisions of Public Act No. 81-340 (C.G.S. § 7-163a), and shall be liable to persons injured in person or property where a breach of said duty is the proximate cause of said injury.
No action to recover damages for injury to the person or to property caused by the presence of ice or snow on a public sidewalk against a person who owns or is in possession and control of land abutting a public sidewalk shall be brought but within two years from the date when the injury is first sustained.