State Lawmaker Wants To Give Townships Power To Force Sidewalk Clearing

A lawmaker wants townships to be able to force sidewalk clearing. (Tony Ganzer / ideastream)
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Many Ohioans clear their sidewalks of snow not just to be nice, but also to comply with local laws. Some State lawmakers want to allow townships to make their own snow clearing laws. Statehouse reporter Jo Ingles digs in:
 
Republican State Representative Tim Brown says there are currently some townships where local leaders cannot require homeowners to clear sidewalks. And that, he says, is not fair to township residents.
 
"They have the same needs as someone who lives on a city block. Someone could be handicapped in a neighborhood. There could be small children that make their way to school or a bus stop."
 
Brown says his bill would allow townships to pass laws to require residents to shovel sidewalks if they determine it's in the best interest of the community.

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