Staunton City Code Requirements For Cleaning Snow

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

STAUNTON, VA -- Wednesday's snow storm has left neighbors in the Valley cleaning up.

People in Staunton have to clean it up thanks to the city's code.

Anna Davis helped shovel snow Thursday morning outside her uncle's furniture and mattress business in Staunton.

"It's been hard," Davis said. "The snow's actually pretty deep, and it's kind of melting, so it's really heavy. Other than that, it has been fun."

Staunton code requires people to clean sidewalks in front of their home or business.

Cleanup needs to happen six hours after the end of a storm, or before noon on the following day if the storm hits overnight.

"My arms will probably be hurting really bad, my back, but other than that, I feel like I accomplished something today," Davis said.

Business owner Patrick DiFlorio's environmental company is located in a home in a neighborhood in Staunton.

He knows people walk by often and he needs to clean the snow up.

"I've got a responsibility to the community," DiFlorio said. "We can't just leave stuff laying around, we do have to clean it. If you look around, all the sidewalks have already been cleaned, so we have to do our share."

It's considered a misdemeanor if homeowners and businesses don't clean up.

Staunton police charged one person in 2010 with a misdemeanor for not cleaning up after a snowstorm.

It can come with a fine and with a citation.

No one has been charged with that misdemeanor since Wednesday's snow.


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