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Poll: Who Should Shovel Sidewalks?

Different towns have different laws about who clears snow from the sidewalks.

Who should shovel the sidewalks in town? The government? Or the private property owners?

Each community has its own method for dealing with snowy sidewalks. In Bristol, public works crews with special small snowplows clear all the downtown sidewalks. In Warren, town code says private property owners must clear the sidewalks in front of their properties – but many don’t.

Barrington passed a law Monday night increasing the fine for property owners who don’t clear their own sidewalks by 6 p.m. the day after a storm. Offenders can be fined $50 each time.

The City of Attleboro will clear the sidewalks in its downtown business district but expects property owners to clear all others. That became an issue last year when sidewalks remained buried after several big storms and the city had no sidewalk snow law.

What do you think? Should municipalities pay the bill to clear sidewalks or should the residents and business owners take responsibility?

Jack Baillargeron December 24, 2011 at 06:17 AM
"Downtown" I blame "Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Ray Conniff, Mitch Miller, Andy Williams, etc, etc, etc, lol. They all made it sound so good back then, but now that stuff is to heavy, But I do love my snow blower lol.
Bruce Ryerson December 25, 2011 at 10:43 PM
"Pawtucket enlists volunteer snow shovelers" The city of Pawtucket has lined up a brigade of volunteer shovelers to help seniors clear their sidewalks after winter storms. The city's seniors liaison has reached out to schools, religious organizations and community organizations to put together a list of willing snow-shovelers. Among those providing volunteers are the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket, Woodlawn Community Center, and Tolman and Shea high schools. Mayor Donald Grebien (GREH'-bee-in) says snow-shoveling can be strenuous for seniors and volunteers will be filling a critical need to clear sidewalks. City ordinance requires snow to be removed no more than 12 hours of daylight after a storm ends. A first offense carries a $25 fine. Anyone who wants to volunteer can sign up at City Hall or may call (401) 728-0500, ext. 241. from - http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2011/12/25/pawtucket_enlists_volunteer_snow_shovelers/?rss_id=Boston.com+--+Rhode+Island+news
Matt Carter January 12, 2012 at 04:14 PM
What a lot of people don't realize is the city/town owns the front 10 Feet of your property. This is for later in the future if a sidewalk is needed to be built the land is already saved for it.
Phil Hadley January 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
After all the interest in who should plow the streets & Sidewalks Albert Bouchard of Bouchard Restaurant & Inn bought a snowblower and right now is plowing the sidewalk from the Shell Station to The Red Parrot and back down the other side of the street!
Jamie Stark February 11, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Thanks Albert Bouchard ! You helped make a big job much easier. Your grateful Neighbor @ 2 Coddington. Jamie Stark

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