A new policy on sidewalk snow removal passed with little fanfare during the Hagerstown City Council's Tuesday voting session.
The City Council unanimously approved the policy, which extends the amount of time property owners have to comply with the rules and gives property owners more notice before they can face hefty fees or fines.
City Councilwoman Penny May Nigh was the only person to comment on the measure just before it passed. Nigh addressed the case of Mary Jane Zook, 87, a Virginia Avenue resident who was charged $223 last winter by the city because her sidewalk was not cleared by the time a city contractor visited the house.
"I certainly hope that someone has now made provisions for that woman," Nigh said. Nigh said the city has pledged to help those who need it.