(reno, NV--KRNV) With another winter storm approaching this weekend, there is something that you need to keep in mind if you own a home or a business. You must remove snow and ice from your property's sidewalk or you face the risk of receiving a citation from the cities of Sparks and Reno as well as Washoe County.
Joe Henry, Acting Code Enforcement Manager with the City of Reno said, "If you don't shovel your sidewalk what will happen is someone will call and complain through Reno Direct and we have a snow letter that we issue telling the home or business owner their responsibility which is to remove snow and ice from sidewalks." If the violation continues, a home or business owner could face citiations that could escalate up to $500. In addition to a warning or citations, icy sidewalks could also result in injuries or lawsuits.
If you are not able to promptly remove snow or ice from your property due to illness, absence or some other circumstance, City officials recommend you reach out to your neighborhood church, favorite civic group or ask your neighbor. Henry said, "Help your neighbor if you can because there are people out there who cannot do their own sidewalks and if you're doing yours and you have to shovel and extra ten feet, it's not going to kill you."
We found one good samariatan shoveling his neighbor's sidewalk today. Sorin Miller said, "I think anybody, whether you are a business or not, you should shovel in front of your place. What if you are that person that falls?"
Miller knows all about the bad things that can come from falling on ice adding, "Yes, I work for a law firm." But even though he works for Diaz and Galt in Reno liability and lawsuits are not the reasons he chose to shovel his neighbor's sidewalk. He said, "I mean it is just a common courtesy. You know, the Golden Rule; do onto others as they would do onto you."