Dec. 8, 2014: A majority of those attending tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting agreed that it’s about time to do something about clearing the sidewalks in the neighborhood when it snows. It’s a safety issue, especially for our kids. It’s a quality of life issue, and could well impact home prices if prospective buyers visit our neighborhood when half the sidewalks are piled high with snow, and people have to walk on the street. And it seems the winters have been getting worse lately as far as ice and snow are concerned.
Technically, under New Jersey law, the responsibility belongs to the individual homeowner, and many towns require homeowners to shovel within 24-72 hours, with significant fines for non-compliance. Bernards Township has no ordinance, however, so it would up to the Association to require it, and enforce it.