February 26, 2010

Shoveling Sidewalks: Learn to Love It

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , at 4:56 pm by silversprung

The recent local snowstorms got silversprung spouse and I thinking- what are Montgomery County’s snow removal laws? As proud new owners of a sidewalk (okay, and the house behind it, too) we wanted to make sure we knew the snow shoveling guidelines.

I checked MoCo’s website and the long and the short of it is: you’ve got 24 hours after the snowfall ends.

Property owners are responsible for clearing their public sidewalks, driveways and entrances within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. All residents are strongly encouraged to be good neighbors by clearing the sidewalks in front of their homes, as well as assisting those who may not be physically able to do so.

As an added bonus, if the snow plow totals your mailbox, you can get a brand new one for free.

23. A snow plow damaged my mailbox. What should I do? ?
The County will install a standard post and mailbox at your residence as soon as we have finished all snow plowing. Call us at 240-777-6000 or go to Snow Assistance to file a report. If you have a non-standard mailbox, call the County’s Risk Management Division at 240-777-8920. In the meantime, we will install a temporary mailbox.

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