Montgomery County considering sidewalk snow removal plan

SILVER SPRING (WJLA) - Days after the most recent snowfall, piles of leftover white stuff still block curb ramps in Montgomery County. One county councilman is looking to make sure that those blockages become a thing of the past.

Councilman Hans Riemer has proposed legislation that would force Montgomery County to create a sidewalk snow removal plan, clearing walkways that many depend on if they cannot drive. The legislation, if approved, would not go into effect until next winter.

William Smith, a Silver Spring resident with macular degeneration that has degraded his eyesight to the point that he can not drive, uses the sidewalk to get around his neighborhood. During the major snowstorm earlier this month, Smith said plow trucks would push feet of snow onto cleared sidewalks, making them impassable for him or anyone else trying to walk around their neighborhood.