Plows Went Through, Not the Shovels

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

In Staunton Monday, the skies were blue. There was a calm white left behind. However, it wasn't so nice on the sidewalks.

Mark Williams notes, "I've been walking all day. And basically, I'm just having problems walking."

The plows went through, but not the shovels.

"Everybody knows that they're supposed to shovel the sidewalk. Every knows. They just don't care," says Siheim Benson.

The Syed "Sam" Zaidi, manager at Clock Tower Convenience, cares.

"I thought the landlord is gonna do it. But landlord didn't show up, so I thought I should do it," says Zaidi.

But snowy sidewalks aren't simply a nuisance. It's against the law. Landlords and property owners are legally bound to clean 'm up. In Staunton, sidewalks are to be clear six hours after the snow stops, or by noon the next day if snow stops overnight. The same goes for Waynesboro. Harrisonburg's even stricter; you have three hours after snowfall, or until 10am the next day if the snow stops overnight.

Whether enforced or not, pedestrians agree, it's a problem.


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