Property owners and/or occupants of buildings where sidewalks are present are required to clear snow from the sidewalks per established city ordinances.

Based on current city ordinance and sunrise time, residents and property owners have until approximately noon to clear the 12 – 15″ of snow from in front of any residence or business they own in Newport.

It is also requested to assist in keeping streets clear, that snow not be shoveled from a driveway or sidewalk into the street.The following are two snow-related city ordinances;

City Ordinance: 9.08.110. Snow removal.

No owner, occupant or other person having the care of any building or lot of land bordering on any street, square or public place in the city, where there is a sidewalk, shall fail, within five hours of daylight, after the ceasing to fall of any snow, to cause the same to be removed from the sidewalk adjoining such building or lot, and in all streets where there is no curbstone set, a pathway, at least four feet wide, shall be made on and along the sidewalk aforesaid for the convenience of pedestrians.

City Ordinance: 9.08.120. Ice removal.

Whenever any sidewalk, or any part thereof, adjoining any building or lot of land on any street is encumbered with ice, no owner, occupant or other person having the care of such building or lot shall fail to cause such sidewalks to be made safe and convenient, by removing the ice therefrom or by covering the same with sand or ashes within four hours during the daytime.

There is a Parking Ban in Newport until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).