map of areas throughout the city identified by you as a problem area for pedestrians during the winter. This is most often due to snow banks being pushed from the adjacent road onto sidewalks at intersections, forcing sidewalk users into the streets. Please let us know of any new problems at email@example.com.
Sidewalk snow removal
On January 22, the Board of Aldermen voted 23-1 (with 2 members absent) to extend by one year the sidewalk snow removal ordinance currently in effect on a trial basis. The ordinance now extends until November 2014, and mandates that residents and businesses must remove snow from a 3 foot wide path on their sidewalks within 30 hours of a snowstorm. The extension was granted after the relatively snowless winter last year prevented the two year trial from being meaningfully evaluated. Enforcement is currently limited to written notices and a visit from police on the second offense. Those who are unable to shovel and unable to afford a commercial service may request volunteer assistance through the city.
Forms for those who want to be paid to shovel, will volunteer to shovel, or to request help shoveling can find them at http://www.newtonma.gov/residents/snow.asp
The Newton Board of Aldermen passed new sidewalk snow removal laws that will take effect this year. Basically, all residents are responsible for clearing the entire length of their sidewalks and may not throw the snow into the street. Contractors and city plows are responsible for not obstructing the sidewalk by building up snow banks, including at corners. Problems can be reported at Newton's 311 phone number or online and will be responded to promptly. There is a fine for non-compliance. The city maintains a list of volunteer shovelers and can provide assistance to elderly and disabled residents.
The full description of city and resident responsibilities is here:
Sec. 26-8D NEW AMENDMENT: Trial Program for Removal of Snow and Ice From Sidewalks. Every owner or occupant of a building or lot of land abutting a paved sidewalk is required to remove snow and ice from the sidewalk and handicap access ramps within 30 hours after storm has ceased.
Please let us know of any new problems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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