Ice-covered Sidewalks

Uncleared sidewalks in a city known as a "walking" city. Not easy to walk it during the winter months. Some enforcement is required.

Why doesn't the City of Salem fine the residents that don't clear their sidewalks? Salem is known as a "walking" city - but it's impossible to walk it in the winter months. The surrounding cities fine their residents for not clearing walks. I have a problem with Salem not enforcing its laws. For instance, the parking ban during snow emergencies.  I know that  the City of Peabody towed cars that were parked on the road.  Did Salem?  No.  There were cars parked on Buffum Street and none were towed. They simply plowed around the cars. No wonder no one obeys the laws. There's simply no enforcement....

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Linda McGrath January 08, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I was very surprised that the sidewalks here were not cleared of snow and ice. We just moved from N.Y where the snow removal laws are very strictly enforced. The sidewalk must be cleared four hours after the snow stops or a fine is issued. I once had my walk cleared but the temperature warmed overnight and some snow melted and refroze the next morning so there were a few icy patches. Before I could get someone to clear it I had a hundred dollar ticket in my mailbox. The city makes a lot of money fining for snow and litter. I just read that the fine here is only $25.00, perhaps it needs to be raised? I hate being house bound because inconsiderate people don't clear the sidewalks. My other complaint is the amount of dog poop that's not picked up by irresponsible owners but that be fodder for another blog.
Pat January 08, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I'm just happy it's going to warm up. The sun and above-average temps will take care of the remaining ice. However, i dread the next snow storm. Wish someone in City Hall would take note of this blog!!
Bob January 08, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I see your from NY. I think it breaks down to this. Us Giants fans clean our sidewalks and the Patriots fans could care less. Don't you agree?
gene January 08, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Bob since the Giants aren't in the playoffs you guys have more time.
Linda McGrath January 08, 2013 at 08:22 PM
You may have a point Bob. :) I'm a proper Salemite now though, can't wait until October so I can crab and snark about the tourists, I'll feel official then. I actually love it here snow, dog poop, pan handlers and all.


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