Walking down Mason Avenue, a pedestrian is
This move comes after many comments and concerns from citizens regarding the obstruction of sidewalks, specifically on Mason Avenue. After the public outcry, staff reviewed the Town Code and found that Section 62-12 regarding the obstruction of sidewalks was not being enforced (you can’t see it, but this is my surprised face).
Sec. 62-12. – Obstructing sidewalks generally. It shall be unlawful for any person to display, obstruct or leave any vehicle, merchandise or any other commodity on the sidewalks or curbs in the town so as to block, impede or endanger the safety of pedestrians in any manner. The mayor or town manager, at his discretion, may issue special permits in writing for certain exceptions to this section. (Ord. No. 305, §§ 1, 2, 4-14-70; Ord. of 3-17-81, § 4.28; Ord. of 6-8-93)
The letter will be mailed to all business owners in the town, allowing them 10 business days from the date of the letter to come into compliance, or face the consequences–a formal notice of violation (unfortunately, there is no jail time associated with this
Below, is the letter:
Dear Property Owner:It
has come to the attention of the town that many sidewalks along commercial storefronts are being obstructed in a way that restricts pedestrian access. Section 62-12 of the town code states “it shall be unlawful for any person to display, obstruct or leave any vehicle, merchandise or any other commodity on the sidewalks or curbs in the town so as to block, impede, or endanger the safety of pedestrians in any manner.”The town will begin enforcing this section of the Town Code to ensure unobstructed access along sidewalks. Property owners will be required to provide at least a four-foot unobstructed paved pedestrian pathway within the designated sidewalk area, which shall remain unobstructed at all times. A four-foot path provides the minimum amount of width for ADA accessibility. With questions regarding the location of the sidewalk area, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department. The town is allowing 10 business days from the date of this letter for property owners to clear any obstructions located within the sidewalk area. The town will then began issuing notices of violation to property owners for noncompliance, which could result in a class 1misdemeanor and associated fees as described in Section 1-10 of the Town Code. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department by phone at757-331-2036, or by email at email@example.com.