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March Dear Mrs. A

Dear Mrs. A,
We are newcomers in The Canyons and we are concerned about clearing the snow and what the timelines are for removal. Can you guide us?

Welcome, neighbors! Seeing how we are coming into our snowiest month in Colorado – March – I think this is a perfect time to visit the rules and regulations of our community. Not to mention how we can help others who might need some help with a shovel or a snow blower.

Snow embankments and ice can be dangerous for all ages, especially children. When pathways aren’t cleared, the children often weave on and off the sidewalks to and from school, creating a safety concern. And don’t forget the elderly and persons with disabilities who are susceptible to injury without clear pathways.

According to Douglas County and the City of Castle Pines, snow removal on your property is required within 24 hours after the snow stops. This includes sidewalks in front and along the sides of homes and around adjacent mailboxes and fire hydrants. It is a good idea to check with your HOA regulations.

Douglas County asks that you DO NOT PLACE SNOW IN THE STREET. Citizens are asked to place all snow from sidewalks and driveways on adjacent landscaped areas.

Automobiles and other vehicles left parked on County roads during a winter storm make it difficult for snowplows to remove snow and may result in damage to the parked vehicle, so consider where you leave a parked car.

Just a reminder, if you have elderly neighbors or folks who are incapacitated, consider clearing those few extra feet of sidewalk. It goes a long way. If you are a neighbor who needs help, go to social media platforms. There are several Good Samaritan families who will come and shovel your driveway at little or no charge.

I saw this recently and it tickled me no end: “Due to expected severe weather, Monday’s weightlifting workout has been canceled. Find an elderly or disabled neighbor and shovel their driveway. Don’t accept any money – that’s our Monday workout.” Right on, Coach!

For more information on snow maintenance in Douglas County, visit www.douglas.co.us/public-works/road-maintenance/ice-and-snow/.

Big Love,
Mrs. A

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