City of Biddeford, ME
York County
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[Ord. of 12-4-1991, § 20-8]
(a) 
The owner of any building or parcel of land abutting any public sidewalk in the downtown business area shall be responsible for the removal of any snow and/or ice which may accumulate upon such public sidewalk. The downtown business area shall include only the following streets or portions thereof:
Adams Street, both sides, between Main Street and Jefferson Street
Alfred Street, both sides, between Main Street and Mt. Vernon Street
Elm Street, both sides, between the Saco River and Centre Street
Federal Street, both sides, for the entire length of the street
Franklin Street, both sides, for the entire length of the street
Jefferson Street, both sides, for the entire length of the street
Lincoln Street, easterly side, for the entire length of the street
Main Street, both sides, between the Saco River and Elm Street
Pool Street, both sides, between Alfred Street and Foss Street
South Street, both sides, between Jefferson Street and Adams Street
Washington Street, both sides, between Main Street and Jefferson Street
Washington Street, easterly side, between Jefferson Street and Alfred Street
Water Street, both sides, between Hill Street and Sullivan Street
Such removal of snow and/or ice shall be accomplished within six hours after the cessation of precipitation, unless such cessation of precipitation occurs during the nighttime. If so, the removal of the snow and/or ice shall be completed by 12:00 noon of the following day, unless the following day is a Sunday. If such precipitation should occur on a Sunday, the snow and/or ice shall be removed before noon on Monday. Any extra-wide sidewalk need be cleared only to a width of five feet to meet the requirements of this section.
(b) 
This section shall be construed to extend to the removing of snow or ice falling from any roof upon any of the public sidewalks downtown as listed in Subsection (a) of this section. The time constraints stated in Subsection (a) shall apply to this condition also.
(c) 
No person shall cause to be placed upon any public street or sidewalk or public parking lot any snow which did not fall thereupon in a natural manner. No person shall, after any public street, sidewalk or public parking lot shall have been cleared of snow, cause or allow any snow to be purposely and willfully removed from any building, sign, vehicle, steps, walks, or any location which is not a part of such public street, sidewalk or public parking lot, and be deposited upon such public street, sidewalk or public parking lot, unless such snow shall be promptly removed from the previously cleared portion of the public street, sidewalk or public parking lot and relocated in such a manner so as not to impede the normal traffic thereupon.
(d) 
If the owner cannot remove snow and/or ice from a public street, sidewalk or public parking lot by normal procedures as required in this section, he shall cover or treat the snow and/or ice with any granular substance to provide a nonslippery surface for the pedestrian traffic, or he shall treat it with a chemical substance which will cause the snow and/or ice to melt and thus provide a safe surface for pedestrian traffic; provided, that such chemical or granular substance does not damage any paved surface.
(e) 
Upon failure by any property owner to comply with the requirements of this section, and upon notification by the Codes Enforcement Officer of such failure by the owner, the Director of Public Works shall cause the snow and/or ice to be removed from the public street, sidewalk or public parking lot, or shall cause such snow and/or ice to be covered with granular material, or treated by chemical substances so as to provide safe surfaces for the passage of pedestrians and other traffic. The cost of accomplishing such work shall be assessed to the owner of the property concerned.
[Amended 3-3-2015 by Ord. No. 2015.9]
[Ord. of 12-4-1991, § 20-9]
(a) 
If a building is located in close proximity to any public street, sidewalk or public parking lot, and is so shaped, or is constructed of such material, as to allow snow and/or ice to fall or slide therefrom onto the public street, sidewalk or public parking lot, the owner thereof shall install guards or railings upon such building, or any other device or structure which shall be effective in preventing the shedding of snow and/or ice onto the public street, sidewalk or public parking lot.
(b) 
When directed by the Mayor and/or Council, the Codes Enforcement Officer shall cause notice to be given to the owner of any building covered by this section, directing such owner to install guards, railings or other devices as required in this section, and allowing such owner a period of 30 days to comply with this section. Such notice shall be delivered personally to the owner of the building, or shall be mailed to the owner by registered or certified mail, with a return receipt requested of the post office. In such a case, the date of receipt by the owner shall be the first day of the thirty-day period.
[Amended 3-3-2015 by Ord. No. 2015.10]
(c) 
If any owner notified in the manner prescribed in this section shall refuse or fail to place the required guards, railings or other protective device required by this section, and by a duly delivered notice from the Codes Enforcement Officer, within the period of 30 days specified in such notice, the Mayor shall direct that such devices be installed upon the subject building, and the costs of so doing shall be assessed upon the owner of the building.
[Amended 3-3-2015 by Ord. No. 2015.10]
[Code 1975, § 15-6]
No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any large body of ice or amount of snow in any street or public square of the City.
[Code 1975, § 7-28; Ord. of 4-18-1995]
The Committee on Capital Projects shall make all recommendations regarding the care and custody of all buildings and appurtenances thereof owned by the City and of all alterations and repairs thereof.
[Code 1975, § 7-29; Ord. of 4-18-1995]
The Committee on Capital Projects shall, subject to the approval of the Mayor and Council, have the authority to negotiate a lease of any part of the buildings and appurtenances thereof owned by the City not already under lease or appropriated to the use of any of the various branches of the City government. Such lease shall be recommended to the full Council upon such terms and conditions as the Committee deems expedient and shall be for a period not to exceed five years, with one option to renew for a like period.
[Code 1975, § 7-29.1; Ord. of 4-18-1995]
The Committee on Capital Projects shall, subject to the approval of the Mayor and Council, have the authority to recommend the leasing of any lot or part thereof owned by the City not already under lease or appropriated to the use of any of the various branches of the City government. Such lease shall be recommended to the full Council upon such terms and conditions as the committee deems expedient and shall be for a period not to exceed 15 years, with one option to renew for a ten-year period.