Barrington police issue reminder to clear sidewalks

Do you have a sidewalk? Make sure you shovel it following the snowstorm

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Barrington Police Chief John LaCross is reminding residents to clear the snow from their sidewalks following the snowstorm.

Town law states that any business or resident whose property has a sidewalk is required to clear snow from that sidewalk by 6 p.m. on the day following the storm. Failure to comply with the law could result in a $50 fine. Town officials have said this is a safety issue — pedestrians are put in harm's way when they are forced to walk in the roadway if sidewalks are not cleared.

Following a snowstorm in February, the town manager issued warnings to six businesses in the center of town. Town Manager Jim Cunha said businesses were not the only ones failing to follow the law after that storm. He said there are numerous residents along New Meadow Road, in Country Club plat, and along Maple Avenue, who did not clear snow off their sidewalks following last week's storms.

"I've heard some complaints from people," Mr. Cunha said.

Anyone who is physically unable to clear the snow and unable to pay for someone else to clear it, may contact the Barrington DPW at 247-1907 to request assistance from the town.

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Honoré de Balzac

"pedestrians are put in harm's way when they are forced to walk in the roadway if sidewalks are not cleared"

you shouldn't be walking along roads / highways if there is snow - you do so at your own risk

motor vehicle operators are responsible if they hit a pedestrian

the burden of clearing the sidewalks should fall on the town - period!

the only reason it's foisted on the business / homeowner is for liability reasons - can't sue the town so sue the homeowner

is the town liable if I drop of a heart attack because I'm "forced" to clear the sidewalk? I doubt it.

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JakeM

Ad hominem attacks, the last refuge of the uninformed.

You act like this is a unique circumstance; I've lived in 6 cities in 4 states as an adult and they all required homeowners, and sometimes renters, to clear sidewalks.

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RIbull

Actually, this was not "ad hominen" which is an attack on the person rather than the argument.

"Others do it" (compel private citizens to perform unpaid labor for government property) is not a much of an argument.

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