Thursday, May 24, 2018

Reminder To Maintain Plantings To Keep Sidewalks Clear

Photo from Neil Wright

hedge in neighborhood

The Laurelhurst Blog has received emails from neighbors requesting that those that overgrown hedges or other plantings partially covering sidewalks to maintain them to keep sidewalks completely clear. 

Some comments received said:

Thanks for asking neighbors to be good neighbors and to take care of their sidewalks. 
Plants infringing on sidewalks is a City ordinance violation. Neighbors can upload pictures and addresses to the City's "Find It Fix it" smartphone app. The City will then contact the advise property owner to clear the debris off the sidewalk or face a fine.  
I have concerns about the number of overgrown shrubs, which are City code violations.   It makes it difficult to stay on the sidewalk, in some cases, and poses a danger when walking with children and pets and having to walk into the street.
Unfortunately, I was scratched across the face by a tree limb hanging over a sidewalk on an evening walk.  
It would be greatly appreciated if neighbors could trim back their plants that encroach on the sidewalks in front of their homes.  It's very hard in some areas of the neighborhood to walk side-by-side in too many places in the neighborhood. 

To protect the health and safety of the public, it is important to keep streets, alleys and sidewalks free of obstructions, litter, and other material.
Property owners must trim or remove overhanging trees, plants, shrubs, vegetation or debris which obstruct streets, alleys or sidewalks, or which are a fire hazard.  

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