After early December snow, Albany residents clean up


On Tuesday, it may not have looked like people were shoveling much, but one Albany building owner says if they aren't cleared, sidewalks can be a mess once people walk on them and it refreezes.

"The sidewalk just turns into an ice skating rink," said John Walston.

Earlier this month, the City of Albany Common Council changed the ordinance, so property owners only have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks, no matter how much or how little snow falls, even when a snow emergency is not in effect.

"24 hours after that last snow flake falls, the sidewalk needs to be clear. If it's not, you could be subject to a penalty plus the cost associated with us having to clear that snow," said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

Walston says he hopes the new ordinance motivates absentee landlords and others who aren't keeping walkways clear.

"If you came back after 8 inches here, you would see who is actually shoveling and who is not," said Walston.

Mayor Sheehan says you have to clear to ADA standards, which means clears five feet, or the width of the sidewalk if it isn't that wide.

"Particularly when we think about seniors, and people with disabilities you've got to clear those sidewalks, even if it only one or two inches," said Sheehan.

For seniors or their who need help clearing, they can call 2-1-1 to connect with resources.

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