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City, MBTA faulted on snow shoveling efforts

Posted by Alan Wirzbicki  January 27, 2011 04:24 PM

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With the city cracking down on lax shovelers with fines of up to $200, how's the city doing on its own shoveling? Last winter, the Globe reported that some of the more than 700 city-owned properties were going uncleared, and the editorial board asked City Hall to take its own responsibilities more seriously before handing out tickets to homeowners.

But there still seems to be some room for improvement — in Roxbury this morning, one blogger documented stretches of unshoveled sidewalk in front of city-owned buildings, as well as at MBTA bus stops, which fall under separate jurisdiction.

"What I witnessed was atrocious," Jamarhl Crawford writes. "Much of what I saw was clearly not at all touched from the first storm weeks ago."

Dot Joyce, a spokeswoman for Mayor Menino, said this afternoon that the city wanted to hear about any unshoveled areas. "The mayor makes it very clear to all agencies that we are responsible and should hold ourselves to a higher standard when it comes to shoveling our walkways," she said.

Responsibility for shoveling bus stops varies by stop. Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the MBTA, forwarded this link listing where to call to report snow or ice problems at bus stops.

Globe file photo: some of the 13,000 emergency snow workers hired after a 1940 storm struck Boston wait in line to collect their checks from the city. According to a Globe report at the time, the city doled out $311,578 in wages. Workers were paid at 17 different points, where, according to the report, the police "kept a watch for chiselers."

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