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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Winter Weather Reminders & Safety Tips from the City


The City of Ithaca would like to issue a friendly reminder that keeping sidewalks free of ice and snow is paramount for the safety of your friends and neighbors.

Homeowners are required to keep the full width of sidewalks clear of snow and ice, and must do so no later than 24 hours from the beginning of snowfall, as pursuant with City code. When sidewalks are found to not be kept clear the City may remove snow and ice hazards at the expense of the property owner. If you are a renter, please be sure to check with your landlord or consult your lease to be sure you know what responsibility you may have in your sidewalk maintenance.

More information about sidewalk snow and ice removal can be found here in City Code.

With snow showers come snow plowers, and the enforcement of Odd/Even parking. When deemed necessary by snowfall, the City will enforce Odd/Even parking regulations to accommodate safe snow removal on City streets. Violations of Odd/ Even parking regulations make it difficult to safely remove snow from our streets, and result in costly tickets.

More information about Odd/ Even parking can be found on our website here.

To be notified via text, e-mail, or phone, of the enforcement of Odd/Even parking please be sure you are signed up for Swift911 and subscribed to the Odd/Even Parking Notifications list. You can find out more about Swift911 and sign-up via our website, or you can text "Swift911" to "99538" to download the app and sign up for Odd/ Even and other important information from the City. If you have any questions, or would like assistance in signing up or managing your Swift911 subscriptions please call the City Clerk's Office at (607) 274-6570.

When shoveling your driveway there are techniques that you can employ to limit the impact of snowplow load on your driveway. This document, from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, outlines which direction to shovel and place your snow to best avoid being "plowed in".

Finally, below please find a visual reminder on proper form for snow shoveling.
How to shovel snow properly

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