(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) reminds you to keep your sidewalks, including walks and ramps leading to crosswalks, clear for pedestrian safety during the winter months.
Under the Bloomington Municipal Code, property owners must remove snow and ice from their sidewalks within 24 hours following the accumulation of snow or ice. Not complying with this ordinance could result in significant injuries to pedestrians commuting throughout the community and potential fines for property owners.
Tips for removing snow and ice from sidewalks include:
• Shovel carefully. Do not lift too much or it can lead to back strain.
• Clear the snow down to the sidewalk surface. If snowfall begins with a layer of ice, residents may want to consider spreading sand or cinders to help remove the ice and aid in traction.
• Break away heavy ice with an ice chipper or straight edge hoe. Deep digging may result in damage to the sidewalk.
• A good shovel with an ergonomic handle is a valuable tool when attempting to clear snow or ice.
HAND also reminds residents to plan ahead. Those leaving Bloomington for the holidays should make arrangements to ensure the walks are kept clear. Residents with health concerns should talk to neighbors, neighborhood associations or churches about receiving assistance. The City also would like to remind residents that keeping sidewalks and ramps clear of snow and ice is especially important for our neighbors with mobility-related issues.
For more information on the sidewalk ordinance, please contact HAND at 349-3420.
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