Few need reminders of Jack Frost’s icy grip — with cold, snowy conditions nearly an everyday occurrence in this neck of the woods.
But, some can use a refresher, city officials say, when it comes to the long arm of the law as it relates to winter regulations, many of which are enforced and can land folks in hot water.
According to an announcement by the City of Rome Department of Public Works, the regulations are essential to ensuring that roadways and walkways are clear of snow and safe for travel.
Overnight parking — There is no overnight parking in the City of Rome from November 1 to March 31 between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. If a vehicle is found to be parked on the street during those times and between those dates, the vehicle’s owner will be ticketed and the vehicle may be towed. Fines, according to the city’s Code of Ordinances, can range from $15 (if the ticket is paid within five days) up to $500 (for fines and fees imposed by court if found guilty in a subsequent lawsuit).
Snow removal access — Residents must keep their trash and recyclable containers behind the curb, on their lawn, and off the roadway. In order to properly remove snow from the roadways, plows must be able to access up the curb, the DPW adds. Once again, receptacle scofflaws can face tickets and fines for violating this rule, according to the Code of Ordinances.
Private snow removal — Private snow removal from driveways and sidewalks by private contractor plowing, shoveling or snow blowing must not be placed into the roadway. Excess snow placed in the roadway can cause hazardous conditions, the DPW adds. According to the Code of Ordinances, violators of this regulation can face fines of up to $500 and/or up to 15 days in jail.
Sidewalks — Although it is sometimes ignored by residents, the Code of Ordinances is clear as to the duty of property owners when it comes to sidewalks in winter.
Article 5, Chapter 58 of the city Code says “It shall be the duty of every property owner and every person in possession of property in the city to remove the snow from all sidewalks bordering any portion of the property within 24 hours after any snowfall and to remove all ice which may form on the sidewalk or to make the sidewalk safe by applying sand or other suitable substance.”
The fine for a person convicted of violating the sidewalk provision of the code can range from $100 to $500, according to the code. That penalty, however, may be less than the outcome of a potential injury as the Code adds, “Every person violating this section and failing to perform the duty imposed in this section shall be liable for such negligence causing injuries to persons or property.”