Removing snow within county and state ordinances

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (March 1, 2015) - Homeowners and private contractor crews spent all day Sunday digging out after record snowfall.

Dan Davis said he's plowed over 30 driveways in the Fishers area, but still had more to get to Sunday evening.

“It has fallen so quick, we’re gonna have to go back and redo the ones we started with," Davis said.

He and many other crews have been working around the clock to make sure driveways and parking lots are clear for schools and businesses to open Monday morning.

The crews are also paying close attention to county ordinances when plowing snow. Hamilton County Ordinance 8-20-8-6 (a) states: "A person shall not push, place, or deposit items, including but not limited to: snow, debris, construction project materials or litter onto county right of way."

There's also a similar statewide law.

"According to Indiana case law, property owners must exercise “reasonable care” not to interfere with safe travel on public roadways.  IC 8-23-6-6(a)(3) prohibits putting a structure or obstruction in a highway.  Piling snow where it impairs traffic safety could be considered an “obstruction”, a Class C infraction," said INDOT Spokesperson, Harry Maginity.

Contractor crews and homeowners have been paying attention to the law.

“We’ll push it in the grassy areas, mulch beds, if need be, if there’s no plants," said Craig Thompson with Allen & Scott.

"I just try to do the best I can to keep it on the sides of my driveway," Fishers homeowner Eric Brown said.

Hamilton County officials say in the time the ordinance has been enacted, they haven't had any citations.

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