GENESEO – The Village of Geneseo sent out a message to residents and business owners on Thursday regarding plowing and shoveling policies in the village.
According to Village Code Section 105-6, no owner, occupant, tenant or other person owning or occupying any lot or premises in the Village, shall permit any snow, ice or other substance to collect or remain on any sidewalk.
“The Village of Geneseo plows sidewalks as a courtesy,” said the Village in a message to residents. “However, some accumulation still remains. The ultimate responsibility and liability for ice and snow accumulation belongs to the property owner or occupant. Please keep our sidewalks clear for our many pedestrians.”
The Village also addressed the reality that mailboxes will be damaged by snowplows, and made it clear that any damage to mailboxes or mailbox posts is not intentional, and that the responsibility to replace them in the event of damage falls on the resident or business owner.
“There is no statutory or legal authority, which grants a property owner, resident, or business owner along a public highway any right to place a mailbox in a highway right-of-way,” added the Village. “If a mailbox is within a village, town, county, or state right-of-way, it is a courtesy to the postal service.
The Village recommends that residents avoid plastic mailboxes or posts, since in the past they have not been damaged by the force of thrown wet snow from plows.
It is also recommended that residents dig out any fire hydrants after a snowfall to ensure that firefighters can access them as quickly as possible in an emergency.
PHOTO CAPTION: The bear fountain gets whipped with snow on Thursday. Photo by Victoria DuBon.