FRIENDLY REMINDER: In order to keep Summit County roads and right-of-ways safe, Summit County Code 7-3-4 & 7-3-5 maintains that property owners must contain ALL of the snow from their property, including their driveway, onto their own property. They may not push, shovel, or blow their snow out onto the County road or into the County right-of-way. Doing so creates hazards to plow operators and other drivers. Snow pushed from driveways into the County road ends up in neighbor’s driveways as the plows pass.
If you see someone violating this code please notify them of the violation. It is difficult for us to track down those who do not comply. But in case you are wondering, this is the process we follow:
• If we catch someone in the act, we try to verbally explain to them that they are not allowed to do it. Not just anyone can issue a citation. A code enforcement officer or a deputy can issue citations.
• If we see that snow is being pushed into our R/W (the piles have to be causing us problems because we cannot get to every violator), we send the property owner a written warning.
• If the property owner does not comply, we have the ability to collect evidence (photos, dates, etc.) and issue a Notice of Violation. The NOV specifies conditions that must be met, or the Administrative Law Judge can issues fines for every day the violation continued.
• Or, we can issue a citation with an associated fine.
We mostly deal in warnings because we don’t have the personnel to chase NOV’s or citations.
To review other Summit County winter safety tips, click here: https://www.summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/8313/2018-2019-Snow-Days-Safety-Reminders