Village Proposes Banning Salt on Sidewalks

Public comment open until Dec. 15

The Cold Spring Board of Trustees will accept public comments until Tuesday, Dec. 15,  on a proposed law to amend the Village Code regarding the clearing of snow and ice from sidewalks. Comments may be sent to Village Board of Trustees, Village of Cold Spring, 85 Main Street, Cold Spring, NY 10516 or via email to vcsclerk@bestweb.net.

The proposal would ban the use of rock salt or salt to melt ice on sidewalks. A copy of the proposed change can be downloaded here. The changes being proposed are in red, below:

Use of sand or other material. In the event snow or ice on any sidewalk cannot be removed, it shall, within the time frame specified in §108-21(C), be covered with sand and other materials not detrimental to the concrete such as calcium chloride, in such a manner as will enable persons to walk thereon with safety. Rock salt or salt based materials shall not be used. As soon as practical thereafter, the sidewalk shall be completely cleared of snow, ice and other materials strewn thereon.

The code requires that snow be cleared from the sidewalks in front of homes and businesses within 18 hours after a snowfall. The sidewalks in front of businesses and commercial parking lots must be clear from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Snow may not be thrown or shoveled into the street. Violators are subject to fines of $25 to $250; tickets are issued by the police, building inspector or code enforcement officer.


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