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Clean Your Sidewalks, Or You're Breaking the Law

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Whether you're a business owner or a homeowner, removing snow from sidewalks around your property - is your responsibility. Whether you're a business owner or a homeowner, removing snow from sidewalks around your property - is your responsibility.

YAKIMA, WA - NBC Right Now continues to follow the clean up efforts after last weekend's heavy snowstorm in the Yakima area.

Wondering why the snow hasn't been removed from sidewalks near your house or business? It could be because you haven't shoveled yet.

"Any sidewalk adjacent to your property, you have the responsibility up to the blacktop of the road," said Joe Caruso, the Code Administration Manager for the City of Yakima.

"I think it's important that people do take care of it because there's kids and elderly people walking around," said Aimee Yoerger.

Whether you're a business owner or a homeowner, removing snow from sidewalks around your property - is your responsibility.

In the past 24 hours, the City of Yakima's Code Enforcement Department has taken charge of regulating these rules.

"It used to be under the enforcement of the police department, but with their added duties and their workload, it's more prudent and reasonable for code administration," said Caruso. "We can get there a lot faster."

Caruso said people have basically up to 9 o'clock the next morning after a big snow storm hits to clear their sidewalks. If you choose not to remove it, it's going to cost you.

"It's $50 each," said Caruso. "Each day is a new infraction. So if the city goes back three days in a row, you can get three different citations."

Code enforcement said they want to make people fully aware that the next time a big snow storm hits, they will be enforcing sidewalk clean up.

When you do shovel, remember it's illegal to throw snow into the streets. When shoveling your sidewalks or driveways, the city said you have to keep that snow on your property.

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