City Press Releases

Posted on: December 7, 2017

Code Enforcement Provides Tips for Snow and Ice Removal from Sidewalks


As cold weather approaches, and with it snowy and icy conditions, Morgantown Code Enforcement is reminding residents and property owners that the City has regulations to keep sidewalks and driveways clear from snow and ice.

Property owners are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of a snow event. Removal of snow and ice from personal walkways, stairs, driveways, and parking spaces are at the discretion of the property owner unless they are for rental or business property.

These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of all pedestrians from serious injury and life-threatening hazards.

“This is very important when it comes to Code. It’s designed to protect the public and provide a level of safety as they travel down the sidewalks within the City of Morgantown,” said Drew Cantis, Code Enforcement officer for the City of Morgantown.

When clearing your driveway, please remember that snow should be plowed or shoveled to the right side of the driveway if you are facing the road. This prevents the bulk of the snow being pushed back into the driveway by snowplows. Residents should also remember not to push snow onto the roads and to eliminate snow piles at the driveway entrance. High accumulations of snow will obstruct the vision of motorists when exiting from the driveway and make it harder for oncoming motorists to see you pulling out of the driveway.

Shoveling snow is hard work and to prevent injury the National Safety Council offers the following snow shoveling tips:

  • If you have a history of heart trouble, do not shovel without a doctor’s permission;
  • Take it slow and pace yourself! Shoveling can raise your heart rate and blood pressure dramatically;
  • Shovel only fresh snow. Freshly fallen, powdery snow is easier to shovel than wet, packed-down snow;
  • Push the snow as you shovel. It’s easier on your back than lifting the snow out of the way;
  • Don’t pick up too much at once;
  • Lift with your legs bent, not your back. Keep your back straight and let your shoulders, torso and thighs do the work for you;
  • Do not work to the point of exhaustion. Take a break if needed. If you feel tightness in your chest, stop immediately; and
  • Dress warmly.

The Code Enforcement Department asks residents to be good neighbors and keep their sidewalks and driveway entrances clear of snow and ice. However, some residents may be physically unable to clear their sidewalk and may not have a neighbor, friend, or family member that can help.

“If there is an issue with clearing a particular sidewalk, if you’re disabled, elderly or whatever the reason may be, you can contact the Code Enforcement Department at 304-294-7401, or stop by at your convenience and speak with a representative. We’ll be happy to try and provide you some type of assistance.”

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