Federal exemption? Sidewalk clearing takes holiday
Charlottesville City Code calls for sidewalks to be cleared within six hours after snowfall has stopped. An informal survey of downtown streets one day after yesterday's flakes shows most sidewalks cleared– with some notable exceptions.
The federal courthouse on the corner of Water and Ridge-McIntire, pictured left, is one. A call to inquire about building maintenance was not immediately returned.
The sidewalk on West Main in front of the Amtrak Station, which historically goes unshoveled, was no exception this morning.
But with City Hall offices closed for a long weekend both January 18 and 21, complaints about ice-covered sidewalks will fall on deaf ears.
"Those sidewalks are really dangerous," says pedestrian activist Kevin Cox. "People slip and fall, and it's preposterous if governments don't clear their own walkways."
Cox worries about further precipitation forecast for tomorrow, followed by an arctic blast. "If the sidewalks aren't cleared today, they're going to be a major mess for a long time," he predicts.
UPDATE: City Manager Gary O'Connell writes in a 12:30pm email (sent via Blackberry) that police are visiting unshoveled properties this afternoon.