Village officials lax in ordering enforcement of snow and ice removal ordinance?

In Chief John LiPuma, Ridgewood Police on February 1, 2009 at 5:24 pm

The Fly has observed that many sidewalks in her neighborhood are still covered by ice and/or snow dumped during last Wednesday’s storm. Some of these sidewalks are designated as part of primary walking routes to and from nearby elementary and middle schools.

In neighboring Glen Rock, Police Chief Steven Cherry has directed his patrol officers and tour commanders note violations of that municipality’s snow and ice removal ordinance when making their rounds, and to issue written warnings or summonses on the spot.

The Fly wonders why a similar directive hasn’t been issued by newly appointed Ridgewood Police Chief John LiPuma. It would appear that warnings and summonses related to the Village’s snow and ice removal ordinance are issued only if a formal complaint is received. Is that any way to run a police department Chief LiPuma?

Let’s start cracking down on the property owners who make it difficult for children and adults to walk our sidewalks safely.

Thanks Chief.

§ 249-1. Snow and ice removal.

[Amended 7-8-1975 by Ord. No. 1582; 3-10-1987 by Ord. No. 2084; 11-9-1993 by Ord. No. 2435]

A. The owner of any land abutting upon the streets or public highways in the Village, if such land is owner-occupied or vacant, otherwise the tenant or occupant of such land situate in all zones of the Village of Ridgewood as shown on the 1990 Zoning Map, with the exception of the B-1, B-2, P and P-2 Zones of the Village, shall remove all snow and ice from the abutting sidewalks of such streets or highways within 24 hours after the same shall fall or be formed thereon. No snow or ice so removed, however, shall be deposited or placed in the street or highway in such a manner or location so as to impede the flow of traffic. For purposes of this section, such land shall be deemed owner-occupied if occupied by either the owner or owners of record or any agent, servant or employee thereof.

B. Owners, tenants and occupants of any land abutting the streets or highways of the Village situate in the B-1, B-2, P and P-2 Zones of the Village are subject to the following snow removal regulations. Special regulations are adopted for the business and office zones in order to maintain an attractive and safe environment in the business and professional office zones of the Village by assuring that the snow will be removed from the sidewalks in and around the central business district on a timely basis.

C. Snow is required to be removed in the B-1, B-2, P and P-2 Zone Districts from the sidewalks concurrently with its fall. To assure compliance with this section, more than one clearing may be required to keep the sidewalks as free of snow as is practical. The following specific regulations are hereby adopted. Snowfalls commencing during the evening, that is, after 6:00 p.m., will be cleared by no later than 9:00 a.m. the following morning, Sundays and holidays included. During weekday storms, Monday through Saturday, occurring during business hours, sidewalks shall be cleared to a five-foot minimum width to provide access from the storefront to the curb, between meters, if meters are installed. After 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays and holidays, sidewalks will be completely cleared into the street.

D. A court appearance will be required to answer any summons issued for a violation of this section occurring in the B-1, B-2, P and P-2 zones of the Village. A court appearance will be required to answer any summons issued for a second or subsequent violation of this section in all zones of the Village.

[Amended 7-11-1995 by Ord. No. 2533]


  1. it will melt.

  2. I would love to see enforcement of these laws. Glen ave residents rarely shovel, since this is a major road it stops people from being able to walk into town. Durning a time that we are all “going green” it would be nice to see more respect for walkers and pedistrians in this town.

  3. You sound like some old crab complaining about the neighbors again. I bet that the neighbor’s kids make a lot of noise too. And their ball aleays winds up on your lawn.

  4. I agree that the laws should be enforced. However, what abou those residents who live on major thoroughfares who are not able to shovel their walks?

    I live on E. Ridgewood Avenue, short blocks from Somerville and RHS. There are many homeowners on this route who are physically unable to shovel out. I do two or three in addition to my own. What about the rest? Tickets for those who can least afford them?

  5. Enough of this “physically unable” stuff. I really like most of my neighbors, but some of them are bone idle when it comes to clearing their sidewalks. They are far from being physically unable to do this, and even those who are, certainly have the means to pay a few bucks for someone to do it for them.

  6. i agree PJ. ticket the lazy asses who dont shovel. Its too typical to see the same inconsiderate neighbors neglect to shovel their walks every time, yet they manage to clear their driveways and walkways to their own front door. Would you consider letting us post the addresses of the offenders here since the town wont do anything without a complaint? Last year when I picked up the phone with a few addresses I encountered on a 15 minute walk, the dispatcher let go with a ‘sigh’ on the phone.. as if it was too much for his lazy ass to take care of. The next day I called and spoke with the desk officer at headquarters because the sidewalks were still covered. If you buy a house with a sidewalk its your responsibilty to obey the law. If you dont like it…then do us a favor and MOVE somewhere else.

  7. All laws should be enforced. If you don’t then people will get hurt… especially the children walking to school or workers going to the bus stop, or joggers, or anyone forced to walk on the road.

  8. 10:52
    “Tickets for those who can least afford them?”

    If these people were speeding down your street when childern were playing, you’d complain.

    So when others have to walk in the street ( including childern ) and get hurt, who’s at fault. YOU? no, it’s the person that doesn’t care about the law.

    Get the Boy Scouts out and let them take care of the walks, or maybe these people should hire someone, like a kid to do the shoveling.

    Break a hip.

  9. Are you getting the message Chief LiPuma? Get the boys out of their warm cars and slap some paper around.

  10. I was out walking the other day and had to do most of it in the street. There were so many private homes with unshoveled sidewalks and snow had now turned to ice. I can’t believe all these people were physically unable to shovel or at least throw down some salt.

  11. I guess this is another of those “jobs that Americans won’t do”.

  12. Walk shoveling is one of the least priorities of this town!!!! I think there are many more important issues that need to be dealt with.

  13. Like what 4:57? Please enlighten and focus us. Clearly breaking your ass on someones front walk is not important enough issue for you. I’d really like to hear whats got you worried. I’m sure they’re real big and very important issues.
    So why waste any of your precious time on this blog? Your brain is needed elsewhere!
    Oh I’m sorry you were just monitoring us idiots living in the real world.

  14. i cant believe people are bargging about being rude neighbors now i know why all the old timers are always so pissed off on this blog …not the ridgewood i used to know

  15. iam beging to agree with some of the other posters thsi blog should out the non shuvelers

  16. ike the record used to out peopel who parked in the handicapted spots

  17. i think folks who dont shovel are cheap,lazy and rude end of story ticket and boot them

  18. Shame seems to work. I plan to take a few pictures of homes with uncleared sidewalks and ask PJ to put them up here. Great resolution pictures, showing your sidewalk and your house.

  19. awesome idea 7;43…start on beechwood rd then hit valley view

  20. Why have laws that no one enforces? Let’s start with the downtown businesses that never shovel and then get after the homeowners. And maybe some training for the snow plow drivers who fly down the street blasting ice over your freshly shoveled sidewalk. Maybe if the snow plowers drove a little bit slower less ice would be on the sidewalks..

  21. Do Beechwood and Valley View have sidewalks???

  22. You tell them 9:31!!! Screw clearing the street…let’s make sure that your freshly shoveled sidewalk stays clear. How dare those plow guys do their job. The nerve of them putting some snow back on your property!! I just couldn’t imagine having to go out more than once to shovel.

  23. 12:57 u cannot be for real>? or are you stevie wonder

  24. How about some tax rebates for the generally lousy snow removal on Ridgewood streets?

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