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February 14, 2013

Residents fined for failing to shovel sidewalks

SALEM, Mass. —  

Two feet of snow last weekend was just the beginning of problems for residents  in this historic Massachusetts community.   Now,  100 residents have been fined for not shoveling the sidewalks in front of their homes.

City inspectors started handing out $25 tickets earlier this week  in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2013.

Tom St. Pierre, the director of inspectional services, said it was a safety issue. “We want pedestrians up on the sidewalk and off  the street,” he said.

City crews and private contractors plowed sidewalks near schools and throughout the downtown, but clearing the majority of sidewalks is the responsibility of residents. A significant number of sidewalks that could be shoveled remain untouched, he said.

A Salem city ordinance requires home and business owners to remove snow from sidewalks within six hours after a storm has ended or the snow emergency lights have been turned off.  Violators can be fined up to $100 for ignoring the ordinance.

 

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Details for this story were provided by The Salem (Mass.) News.

 

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