Mayor Dan Bianchi is requesting the cooperation of Pittsfield property owners to ensure the safety of its citizens by keeping their sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

In a news release, Bianchi reminded the public that schools re-open on Monday and hundreds of students will be walking to school. Children should be able to use the sidewalks and not be placed in jeopardy because they have no alternative but to walk in roads.

City ordinance states that sidewalks abutting a person's property must be cleaned of snow within 24 hours of a storm's end or fines will be assessed. It is also a violation of city ordinance to plow or otherwise dispose of snow from their property onto city streets and sidewalks. Residents also are encouraged to clear snow from around fire hydrants located near their houses.