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Posted on: January 18, 2024

Code Enforcement Corner -- Plowing and Shoveling

Code Enforcement Corner -- Plowing and Shoveling

Code Enforcement Corner 
Reminders from the Mount Airy Police Department - MD Code Enforcement Specialist 

Wintertime is upon us, and it won’t be long before the snow begins to fall. Snow brings cheers from some and jeers from others. It also brings shoveling and plowing. 

We would like to remind everyone that our Town's Public Works crews work diligently to remove snow from our roadways in a timely manner. Vehicles parked in the street slow our plows and make their jobs much more difficult. 

We need your assistance during these events. 

First, please move your vehicles from the street. 

Town Code 105-23 requires that during periods of snow emergencies, vehicles must be removed from town streets so that snowplow crews can safely clear the streets. A $100 fine can be imposed for failure to move your vehicle. 

Second, clear the sidewalk in front of your property of snow and ice. 

Clearing of sidewalks is the responsibility of the property owner. Town Code 85-4.1 requires sidewalks must be cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snowfall. A $25 fine can be imposed for the first offense and a $50 fine for any subsequent offense. 

Finally, do not deposit, shovel, or plow snow onto any Town street. 

Town Code 96-13 B states
No one being the owner, driver, manager or conductor of any cart or other vehicle shall carry or convey or cause to be carried or conveyed in such vehicle any coal, earth, sand, gravel, broken stone, dirt, ashes, paper and other rubbish, or any loose fluid or offensive articles or matter, (THIS INCLUDES SNOW AND ICE BLOCKS)  or any articles whatsoever within the corporate limits of said Town of Mount Airy so that the same shall or may be scattered, dropped, let fall, blown or spilled therefrom; and all vehicles conveying combustible refuse or foul, dusty or offensive matter of any sort shall have tight bodies and be closely and securely covered. All vehicles conveying wastepaper and wastepaper products, baled, sacked or otherwise, shall be closely and securely covered.

We must all work together to assure that our residents and visitors, whether motorists or pedestrians can travel safely during snow and ice events. 

Voluntary compliance is our goal, and your cooperation is essential. 

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