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Posted on: December 7, 2018

Town Ordinances for Sidewalk Snow Removal Are In Effect

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Please keep your sidewalk clear of snow this winter. It is the expectation that sidewalks not outlined in the maps below will be cleared by the individual property owner.  Please do not deposit snow onto the roadways or near fire hydrants. 

Failure to remove snow from your sidewalk may result in a citation.  Plowing maps of East Jackson and West Jackson can be found at the bottom of this article.  

“Prioritizing safe streets and pedestrian corridors is a must in a community that gets the volume of snow that we do each year" said Police Chief Todd Smith. "We absolutely need the help of the public to keep sidewalks in front of their business or home clear of snow for the safety of those who choose to walk to their destination. We all know how busy our streets have become, so those who get out of a car and walk are helping to be part of the solution, the least we can do it give them a path that is clear of snow to make it a little safer and easier so they choose to keep doing it.”

The Parks and Recreation Department does provide some sidewalk snow removal service throughout the winter months. Removal of snow from the remainder of the sidewalks, by Town Ordinance, shall be the responsibility of the personal property owner.

Below is Jackson Town Ordinance 12.20

Chapter 12.20
SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL

Sections:

12.20.010 Definitions.
12.20.020 Snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks by private persons.
12.20.030 Depositing of snow and ice restricted.
12.20.040 Violations--Work done--Liability therefor--Penalty.
12.20.050 Penalties.

12.20.010 Definitions.

A. "Sidewalk" means that portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines intended for the use of pedestrians.

B. "Business day" means any day not a Sunday or a national holiday.

C. "Business hours" means the hours between eight a.m. and six p.m. on any business day.

D. The building inspector is the duly appointed town building inspector and town engineer or, in his absence, his duly designated and acting representative. (Ord. 236 § 1 (part), 1977.)
12.20.020 Snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks by private persons.

A. Every person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company or syndicate, or other entity, which is in charge or control of any building or lot of land within the Town fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk or board sidewalk whether as tenant, owner, occupant, lessee or otherwise, shall remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away, snow and ice from so much of the sidewalk as is in front of or abuts on the building or lot of land, pursuant to any Town of Jackson snowplowing policy set forth by a resolution of the Town Council.

1. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, snow and ice shall be removed from sidewalks in all business districts within the Town by six (6) business hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain or by the beginning of business hours of the next business day following such fall, whichever period is longer.

2. Except as provided in subsection B of this section, snow and ice shall be removed from all other included sidewalks within the town of the same day of the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain or within the first six (6) hours of daylight after the cessation of any such fall, whichever period is longer.

(Ord. 1075 § 1, 2014)

B. In the event snow and ice on a sidewalk has become so hard that it cannot be removed without likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person or entity charged with its removal, shall, within the time mentioned in subsection A of this section, cause enough sand or other abrasive to be put on the sidewalk to make travel thereon reasonably safe; and shall then, as soon thereafter as weather permits, cause the sidewalk to be thoroughly cleaned. (Ord. 476 § 1, 1994: Ord. 236 § 1 (part), 1977.)

12.20.030 Depositing of snow and ice restricted.

No person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company or syndicate shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow and ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk or roadway, except that snow and ice may be windrowed on public roadways incident to the cleaning thereof or windrowed on curbs incident to the cleaning of sidewalks in business districts. (Ord. 236 § 1 (part), 1977.)

12.20.040 Violations--Work done--Liability therefor--Penalty.

A. In the event of the failure of any person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company or syndicate to clear away or treat with abrasives and subsequently clear away any snow and ice from any sidewalk as provided in this chapter, or cause this to be done, the building inspector, as soon as practicable after such failure, shall cause such work to be done by town personnel or by independent private persons or firms.

B. The building inspector shall ascertain and keep a record of the exact cost of all work he causes to be done or contracts to be done in accordance with this section on account of each act or omission of each person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company or syndicate; and he shall identify these persons with particularity.

C. Each person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company or syndicate whose act or omission makes it necessary that the building inspector cause work to be done or contract work to be done in accordance with this section shall be liable to the town for the cost of such work plus an amount equal to twenty percent of such costs for administration, record keeping and notice. It shall be the duty of the town clerk to sue for these costs and penalties, and it shall be the duty of the town attorney to assist in the bringing of these suits. (Ord. 262 § 1, 1979: Ord. 236 § 1 (part), 1977.)

12.20.050 Penalties.

Any person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company or syndicate who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished in accordance with Section 1.12.010. Each day such violation is committed or permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such under this chapter. (Ord. 236 § 1 (part), 1977.)

For Sidewalk Shoveling Questions and Concerns please contact:
Jackson / Teton Parks and Recreation Department
Andy Erskine - Parks Manager
Office: 307-732-5793


For Street Plowing Questions and Concerns please contact:
Jackson Public Works Department
Amy Renova - Administrative Assistant
Office: 307-733-3079 ext. 1403


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