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Keep public sidewalks clear from snow and ice

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Village of Lombard

LOMBARD, Illinois--Lombard ordinance requires snow removal from public sidewalks adjacent to commercial properties.

Within 24 hours of the end of each snowstorm, public sidewalks (near the street) adjacent to commercial properties must have a path cleared to provide safe passage so pedestrians do not have to walk in the street. This is particularly important in areas of high pedestrian traffic including Main Street near Glenbard East, Downtown Lombard and along Roosevelt Road. Please get communications in place now so that the sidewalks near the street will be snow-free throughout the winter, recommends Joan Rogers, Code Enforcement Coordinator for the Village.

While the ordinance does not require snow removal from public sidewalks abutting residential properties, the same hazards exist. Some people have expressed a concern regarding liability involved in removing snow, stated Rogers, but the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act (745 ILCS 75/2) provides that anyone who "removes or attempts to remove snow or ice from sidewalks abutting the property shall not be liable for any personal injuries allegedly caused by the snowy or icy condition of the sidewalk."

Those who have sump pumps draining toward the front yard are reminded to switch the drainage to the rear yard for the winter months to prevent icing of the sidewalks. Village code does require those having any surface water drainage mechanisms or conduits onto a sidewalk or street to take action to prevent icing.

Please help to keep the pedestrians of our community safe by keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. If you have any questions regarding snow or ice removal, please contact Code Enforcement at (630) 620-5749.