by Lisa Tome
They had hoped they don't need it this year, but officials in Perryville have started compiling two lists.
One list includes the names of those who are unable to remove snow in front of their homes. The second list includes those who want to help them.
"We've had a few complaints. We are working on sending out violations," said Perryville town administrator Denise Breder.
The Perryville Town Code mandates the responsibility for snow removal as follows: All owners and persons in possession of any land or premises situated on any street, alley, or highway within the limits of the Town where sidewalks have been laid shall remove the snow there from the entire length thereof for a width of at least three feet within 10 hours after it has ceased falling.
The caveat is if the snow falls between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m., it may be removed before 6 p.m. the following day.
"We are hoping a neighbor or family member will help those who can't clear it. It still has to be cleared," said Breder.
Last week, large portions of Aiken Avenue had snow-covered sidewalks.
That is an issue because there are currently two schools - Good Shepherd Catholic School and Perryville Middle along that roadway. Students walk to both schools.
"We have a large population of people who walk, school children and veterans," said Breder.
Assistant town administrator Cathy McCardell has begun compiling the lists. Those who can't remove snow and ice and those who want to volunteer to help them, are asked to call town hall at 410-642-6066.
Kathy Gray, clerk for the Town Of Port Deposit, said snow removal has also been an issue in that town. The Port Deposit Code requires residents to remove snow within 10 hours after it stops snowing.
Gray said that reminder "hang tags" were distributed to those who did not clear sidewalks.
About 20 letters were also sent to the owners of vacant properties reminding them that they are still responsible for removing snow and ice.