February 09, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Clearing Sidewalks is Owner's Responsibility

As more snow arrived in the Springfield area today, the City would like to remind citizens that shoveling sidewalks and walkways is a public safety benefit.

Under City Code section 98-74, property owners are asked to “take reasonable measures, excluding physical repairs, to keep the sidewalk in front of or adjacent to the property or premises … clear and free of hazards so as not to endanger or inconvenience pedestrians using such sidewalks.”

The City does not have the resources or manpower to keep all 570 miles of city sidewalks clear of snow. It is up to property owners to take responsibility. As temperatures are forecasted to rise into the 40s and 50s this weekend, the warmer air and sunlight will help melt snow on sidewalks that have been reasonably cleared.

“I’d like to remind everyone to please be kind and shovel your own sidewalk,” said Mayor Pro Tem Dan Chiles. “We see people forced to walk down the street because the sidewalks are blocked. That's unsafe for pedestrians and it's also unsafe for drivers. If each of us is able to take that extra step and to do our part, everyone will be safer.”

For more information, contact: Mike Brothers, Department of Public Information, (417) 864-1119.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov