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Dashing through the snow

Posted by Rona Fischman January 2, 2009 03:12 PM

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By law, everyone is supposed to clear their walks after a snowfall. This winter, that has been already created a lot of labor. Since we are in New England, you would think that weíd be prepared for some snow. But, every time we hit a snowy patch, I hear grumbling about those who donít do their part, or those that do it poorly. Bad-will runs especially deep for businesses that donít do their part.

In many towns, the fine for not clearing your walk is $25. Is that enough? Some people think it should be more, especially for businesses. One client of mine suggested that businesses that donít clear their sidewalk should be closed until they clear, because they pose a hazard to public safety.

How clear is clear enough? Today, I drove from Cambridge to Acton, through West Concord. Some places I saw concrete, some I saw a thin layer of snow. People were walking along fine on either surface.
The roads themselves were also inconsistent. Route 2 was clear to the tarmac, but Route 62 still had some snow cover. Residential roads were snowy everywhere. Some were solid ice.

What is snow removal like in your town? Are you satisfied if you can get to where you are going? Should there be a standard?

Are you mad that more tickets arenít given out? Are you mad because you got a ticket?

Happy New Year. May you be safe while you dash through the snow.

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