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Thursday, January 27, 2011

MetroRegion K.C. News: Topeka KS's Unrealistic Penalties For Un-Snow-Cleared Sidewalks

Imagine a judge slapping you with a $499.00 fine- or a jail sentence of 179 days (nearly 6 months)- simply for not clearing your public sidewalk of snow within 12 hours after the end of the storm.

That's the law in good-ole Topeka- according to this TOPEKA (KS) CAPITAL-JOURNAL story.

The story's commenters wonder if the same law could apply to Topeka city officials who don't plow city streets in that same time frame.

I'm not sure of Kansas City MO's ordinance regarding the clearing of public sidewalks after snowstorms- but for the record- your Captain had HIS public sidewalk cleared of snow within Topeka's time frame- until a plow came along and threw the snow on our street squarely back on my shoveled sidewalk!

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