January 25, 2024
Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal
Westfield – As we continue through the winter season, the City of Westfield would like to remind its property owners of its ordinance for removal of snow and ice, provided below.
Please be mindful of all users, including those with ADA limitations, when clearing sidewalks. This includes providing adequate accessibility to ADA ramps, pedestrian crosswalk signals, and designated public transportation pick-up/drop-off locations.
Regarding de-icing products, we recommend using either Magnesium Chloride or Potassium Chloride. Sand is also a safe alternative to use. We do not recommend using Sodium Chloride or Calcium Chloride as they can damage the concrete overtime. It is recommended you shovel and remove as much snow and ice before applying any de-icing products.
“Sec. 16-14. - Removal of snow, ice.
The tenant, occupant or owner of any premises abutting on any street in the city, within the limits of which street, and adjoining such premises, there is a sidewalk constructed of or covered with any paved or hardened material other than earth, ashes or gravel, shall, within 24 hours after any snow, sleet or ice has stopped falling, forming or drifting thereon, remove or cause to be removed such snow, sleet or ice. If such cannot be wholly removed, such person shall sprinkle or cause such sidewalk to be sprinkled with sand, sawdust, or another suitable substance so that such sidewalk shall not be slippery, and so that it shall be safe and convenient for public travel.
The tenant, occupant or owner of any premises abutting upon any street in the city, within the limits of which street, and adjoining such premises, there is a sidewalk constructed of or covered with earth, ashes or gravel, shall, within 24 hours after snow, sleet or ice ceases to fall, form or drift on such sidewalk, remove or cause to be removed therefrom such snow, sleet or ice so that such sidewalk shall be reasonably safe and convenient for public travel.
When any premises abutting on a street is occupied or used by more than one tenant, or by separate families, the owner or agent having charge of such premises shall cause the snow, sleet or ice to be removed as provided in subsections 16-14(a) and (b).
No owner of a building, or agent of such owner having the care thereof, shall allow or permit any accumulation of snow or ice thereon which is likely to fall upon a sidewalk or street. Every such person shall erect, or cause to be erected, upon any building which he owns, or of which he has charge, and which is near the line of a sidewalk or street, a barrier or other suitable provision, sufficient to prevent snow and ice from falling from such building upon persons traveling on such sidewalk or street.
(Code 1971, §§ 15-16—15-19)
State Law reference— Authority of city relative to removal of snow from sidewalks, M.G.L.A. c. 40, § 21(3), (4), M.G.L.A. c. 85, § 5.”