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KCMO: Clearing sidewalks is the 'neighborly' thing to do

Posted at 10:07 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-26 23:29:56-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The same conditions making roads dangerous are also causing slick sidewalks. But not everyone is rushing to pick up a shovel.

41 Action News found a patchwork of ice and snow covering paths on both sides of the state line.

Luckily school is out on Tuesday because the sidewalks along Bennington Avenue and Russell Road in the Northland had not been cleared Monday night. Kids usually rely on those paths to catch the bus.

More snowy sidewalks were found in Waldo and in Prairie Village neighborhoods.

But there were also plenty of people who did pick up their shovels and get to work.

"I think it's just in my DNA," said Jim Hogan, who lives along Ward Parkway.

Hogan came home Monday to find parts of the sidewalk he paid to have cleared were still covered in snow.

"I'm a runner also, and I always appreciate it when people clear the sidewalk when I'm out and running," Hogan said.

In Brookside, Connor Cavanaugh had the same idea.

"Just thought I'd clear some things up for the people walking through the neighborhood," he said. 

As Cavanaugh shoveled, the neighborhood mailman was able to walk safely past. When the roads get slick again, clear sidewalks will also help his neighbors get around.

In Kansas City, property owners are required to clear snow and ice from adjacent sidewalks within "a reasonable time." Several factors go into that, including when the snow stopped falling, how much fell and whether or not there have been 311 complaints. 

"While the code does provide provisions for fining residents, the city requests that residents and businesses clear sidewalks as a neighborly act to help pedestrians who rely on walking as a means of transportation to get to school, work and home," the city's website reads.