Good Question: Damage to Your Lawn? Do you Have to Pay For It?

Good Question: Damage to Your Lawn? Do you Have to Pay For It?

March 24, 2017 02:47 PM

A lot of you are noticing damage to your front lawns as the snow melts. While crews do their best to avoid it, many snow plows on the roads and sidewalks can rip up grass, leaving behind a path of damage. 

Dan Stockslader, who lives in Irondequoit, reached out to Pat Taney for this week's Good Question.

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"I walk daily and I notice there has been a lot of damage to lawns caused by sidewalk plows." Stockslader said.  "I was curious who's responsible for the damage, the homeowner or the town?"

Pat went to Robert Kiley, Irondequoit's Commissioner of Public Works, for the answer.

"If we did the damage, we will repair it, no cost to the homeowner." Kiley said.

That's the case in most communities in our area. Residents simply have to call their highway department or public works, report the damage and crews will be sent out. This usually happens when the weather improves in mid to late April.

Many towns already budget for this, paying for top soil in advance. 

"We just go fix it, no questions asked," said Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini.

If your mailbox is damaged by a city or town plow, those will also be replaced. As for the more expensive custom made mailboxes?

"We will try our best to repair it. If we can't we will buy a new mailbox at the lowest quote, usually a basic one at a hardware store." Kiley said.

One way you can avoid all of this: buy reflective polls to stick around your yard to help guide plow crews.

"Those breakaway reflective poles are so critical. On my property I put them on the road side edge and along the sidewalk,” Kiley said. "It gives them a good line of sight at 2 or 3 in the morning when we’re out plowing when it's pitch black."

Again, if you notice damage, call your city, town or village's highway department and ask them to investigate.


Pat Taney

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