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Crouch Snow Removal Ordinance Has Safety in Mind

Snow piled up in Crouch winter of 2016-17 and made visibility unsafe. Photo by Janet Juroch

Snow seems just around the corner with the colder temperatures and leaves falling all around. As everyone takes on fall chores of canning, gathering wood and cleaning up after summer activities, thoughts turn to what could happen this winter if it snows a lot again.  Even if it snows just a little, the mountain living changes.  Many people leave the area to find warmer climates for half of the year.

The City of Crouch experienced some conditions last year around businesses and roadways. Snow removal became a real issue and many people came into the City Hall office to voice concerns for safety and visibility. The Crouch City Council formulated the Snow Removal Ordinance No. 2017-02 in order to address the issues, especially when there is large amounts of snow and businesses wanting to do their own snow removal.

The Ordinance was designed by City Attorney Anthony Pantera, who referred to many other town ordinances to address timely snow removal for the safety of the public.  This Ordinance was presented at meetings for the public and business owners to weigh in on. A final approval was adopted at the June 14th, 2017 Crouch city council meeting.

Emphasis of clearing snow from sidewalks, gutters and private roadways and to be done by 9:00 AM every morning, when necessary after overnight snowfalls. Clearing of the snow from the business property in town is to keep citizens safe to walk and drive about town in a safe and convenient manner. Timely snow removal can be helpful in preventing lawsuits by keeping business fronts clean and safe.

It also states that every person neglecting to follow the Snow Removal Ordinance No. 2017-02 will be deemed as an infraction and punishable of a fine of One Hundred Dollars ($100). A second and subsequent conviction of the violation within five years the City of Crouch Code shall result in a misdemeanor.

Infractions will result in penalties since the ordinance is already in effect. The Snow Removal Ordinance can be read in full at the City Hall office or email for a copy at cityofcrouch@frontiernet.net.

Written by Janet Juroch