Last Thursday after 8 a.m., 24 Lawrence homes were ticketed for not shoveling their sidewalks 48 hours after the snowfall.
The citations given out were for $80 each: $20 for the fine and $60 for court costs. Those who were ticketed have the right to challenge the ticket in court, said Brian Jimenez, the code enforcement manager for the city’s planning and development services.
Last winter, which was unusually warm and lacking in snow, no tickets were issued. In previous winters, more than a hundred tickets have been issued.
According to city ordinance, residents have 48 hours after a snowfall to clear their sidewalks. For older residents who may have trouble shoveling snow, Douglas County Senior Services offers a Safe Winter Walkways program. The program finds volunteers to shovel sidewalks. However, the deadline to apply for the 2013 program has passed.
“We pride Lawrence on being a walkable city,” Jimenez said. “It goes down to the basic property owner responsibility, which is that sidewalks, wherever they may be, are designed to promote pedestrian travel. It can potentially become hazardous as the snow melts and refreezes.”