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Metacom Sidewalks Buried Under Snow and Slush

Sidewalks on Metacom Avenue are impassable today due to snow build up from last week's storm and today's icy mixture

As predicted, the sidewalks on Metacom Avenue are impassable in areas, with piles of snow, slush and ice completely blocking passage for pedestrians.

An ordinance in the town of Warren requires property owners to keep their sidewalks clear, yet on Tuesday afternoon, most Metacom sidewalks were piled with five inches of snow or more. Residents, including David Silvia at last week's Warren Town Council, have complained in the past about having to maneuver around giant snow piles that force them into the heavily traveled road or through parking lots. 

Sidewalks were clear, yet slushy, in front of  and , but other areas closer to Bristol were completely untouched. The parking lot in front of AT&T was plowed, but snow had been pushed right up to the fence where the sidewalk begins, forcing sidewalk pedestrians to either walk around and through the road, or climb over the pile of snow. 

JR January 21, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Certainly the business owners and homeowners should clear the sidewalks in front of their property, particularly for pedestrians who I've seen forced to walk in the roadway creating a dangerous situation. That being said, Mr. Silvia seems to have plenty of time on hand to make complaints just for the sake of complaining. If it is not the sidewalks it is the building inspector or it is the police.....the list goes on and on.
David Silvia January 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM
JR, It is small minded people like you that cause people like me to make a complaint, you have no idea what it is like to be stuck at home because you cant get out. Your comment hits the nail as this is a safety issue, For people that have health issues, is not rite that our freedoms should be curtailed because government does not do their responsibility. what purpose does a sidewalk perform? then why would it be blocked with snow during winter months? wake up! I am sure if you got into your car and found metacom covered in snow, you would be saying something too!
Joe Sousa. January 23, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Put the prisoners that we pay 44 thousand dollars a year to house out shoveling. Why do we not demand they pay back what they cost society. Pass out the shoves and put them to work clearing sidewalks along state roads. Residents who can not afford to pay for snow removal could be helped in this manner . Resident who need help could apply to the state for relief. This would help cities and towns get things going after the storms. If people are afraid of having prisoners in their neighborhoods there are remedies for that. Besides the guards who escort the workers there are electronic ankle bracelets that could be used to denture runaways. We have to think about our elderly and those on fixed incomes. Enforce the ordinance ,but also help those who need it buy proposing solutions.
melted.chocolate December 08, 2011 at 02:16 PM
I agree!

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