Monday, March 9, 2015
Sidewalk clearing suggestion
We have all seen the situation pictured above in Columbia. The Columbia Association clears the sidewalks that are not behind residences, businesses or areas for which homeowner associations are responsible. The problem is that most of these people don't clear their sidewalks because they are not in front of their homes and they don't use these sidewalks. No matter how much they are encouraged to clear the sidewalks there are no consequences to their ignoring the issue.
If we really wanted to address this issue it could be addressed. My suggestion is that the Columbia Association note who doesn't clear their sidewalks and notify the homeowners and businesses that sidewalks not cleared will be charged on their next CA assessment. That might motivate some of them. I know that this would require some bookkeeping and there is probably a liability issue that has to be addressed but somehow this doesn't seem like an insurmountable issue either.
Besides the inconvenience issue, the safety issue of people having to walk in the street should be enough to have this issue addressed in some way.
Posted by duanestclair at 6:25 AM