[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of South Glens Falls 2-1-2017 by L.L. No. 1-2017. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter shall be to preserve the public well-being and good order in the Village, and to contribute to the public welfare, health, safety and good order of its people and to contribute to the safe conveyance of pedestrians upon the sidewalks adjacent to streets in the Village by establishing certain requirements for the removal of snow and ice from such sidewalks consistent with the rights and privileges of all pedestrians.
Throughout the Village, it shall remain the joint and several responsibility of every owner and every occupant of a parcel of real estate adjoining a public sidewalk (whether the parcel of real estate is improved, unimproved, occupied or unoccupied) that those sidewalks adjoining the property shall be reasonably maintained free from snow and ice for the full paved width of such sidewalk in accordance with this chapter.
Snow and ice shall be removed within 48 hours after the end of a snowfall/ice storm of at least two inches. Under circumstances where a snowstorm or ice storm ceases during the night, it shall be considered as ceasing at 7:00 a.m. thereafter. In addition, sidewalks in front of commercial establishments shall at all times be kept reasonably free of snow and ice.
In case snow and ice on any sidewalk shall be frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without damage to the sidewalk within the time specified in § 121-3, the owner or occupant of each premises shall apply upon the sidewalks adjoining such property sufficient quantities of sand, salt, ice melt crystals or other suitable material, so as to alleviate dangerous sidewalk conditions to life and limb. As soon as practical thereafter, the sidewalk shall be completely cleared of snow, ice and any applied materials thereon, as provided in this chapter.
Whenever the owner or occupant of a parcel of real estate adjoining a public sidewalk fails to remove the snow and ice from such sidewalk adjoining such property within the time specified in this chapter and upon the expiration of a four-hour period subsequent to service of a compliance demand upon the owner or the occupant (by the Mayor or Superintendent of Public Works or their designee), thereafter the Superintendent of Public Works or his agents may remove such snow or ice from such sidewalk. Such compliance demand may be made upon either the owner or the occupant in person, in writing or by telephone, text message or email. The Superintendent of Public Works shall notify the Village Clerk of any expenses incurred by the amount of labor, equipment and materials used. A charge for such service shall be imposed upon the owner and occupant at the actual cost; however, it shall not be less than the equivalent of one hour's gross wage for the highest paid hourly Village employee engaged in the actual snow or ice removal activity on the owner's or occupant's property. Where the property may have two or more occupants, the Village shall not be required to allocate the billing among occupants and the property owner shall be solely billed for the costs. This provision is intended to be considered as an available remedy for compliance and shall not be construed as an implied or actual duty of the Village or the Superintendent of Public Works.
The Village Clerk shall promptly invoice to the owner or occupant of a subject parcel a bill for the required removal of snow and ice as presented by the Superintendent of Public Works. If not voluntarily paid in full within 30 days, the cost thereof shall constitute a special assessment against the property, added to the property tax bill and constitute a lien thereon, collectible in the same manner as delinquent Village taxes.
The owners and occupants of buildings adjacent to public sidewalks shall take measures to protect the public from hanging snow, ice or meltwater from such buildings.
No person, firm or corporation shall deposit, throw, place or strew, nor shall any person, firm or corporation intentionally cause to be deposited, thrown, placed or strewn, any snow or ice upon any sidewalk, street, avenue, or roadway within the Village.
No person, firm, corporation, property owner or occupant shall cause removal of snow or ice from any parcel of real estate and intentionally place it upon another parcel of real estate without the express permission of the owner of the parcel of real estate upon which the snow or ice is to be placed, This provision shall not be construed as a limitation or regulation pertaining to incidental placement of snow or ice discharged from public snowplowing or public snow or ice removal activities occurring in the due course of clearing municipal streets and highways.
In the event of a snowfall or ice storm event which may occur before or after the Village's annually designated winter period of prohibited on-street parking, the parking of vehicles on Village streets shall also be prohibited at any time when two inches or more of snow has fallen or has been forecast by the National Weather Service; and either the Mayor or the Board of Trustees shall have authority to declare a snow emergency for that snow or ice storm event and upon such declaration, the requirements of this chapter shall also apply.
Any natural person, entity, firm or corporation that shall violate any sections of this chapter shall be deemed a violator of the Village Code and upon conviction thereof, the violator shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500 for each offense. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.