Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at [email protected] or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.
Since we live in northwest Ohio, snow and ice are very much an expected part of our winters. Snow removal is in order, and the act of salting roadways and removing snow from the surfaces is a “government function.” A lot of rules exist surrounding snow and ice.
Winter is full of adverse weather. This time of year, it is reasonable to expect ice, snow and cold temperatures. Some folks shovel their driveways and sidewalks or hire entrepreneurial kids in the neighborhood to do it for them. I have many clients whose businesses plow driveways and parking lots professionally.
Of course, whenever snow and ice accumulate, removal is in order. Depending upon the roadway adjacent to your location, the state, a municipality (city or village) or township may be responsible for snow removal on that roadway. The act of salting roadways and removing snow from the surfaces of roadways is considered a “government function.”
Read Lee’s full article on snow and ice law in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Basic snow and ice law