Buffalo property owners: Clean your sidewalks or face summons

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 18:26:44-05

It has been a tough winter that has left many sidewalks covered with a hard-pack of snow and ice.  The situation is making it very hard on kids and seniors who need to use the walkways to get to buses.

However, the next few days will see temperatures well above freezing. 

Steve Stepniak, Buffalo Commissioner of Public Works, is urging property owners to use the break in weather to clear sidewalks and bus stops abutting their property.

Stepniak said the city realizes the challenges caused by the weather.  However, it is a property owner's responsibility to clean sidewalks or summons can be issued.

"Right now we are trying to educate the public to help our kids and seniors get down the street."

Summons can also be issued to plow drivers who create mounds of impassible snow on sidewalks.

The public is being asked to report problem sidewalks to the city's 311 Call and Resolution Center.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more in his reports.