Big bill for those who don’t clear sidewalks

JEWETT CITY, Conn. (WTNH)– Most of the ice and snow has already been cleared off of streets across the state. But, some people are forgetting about the sidewalks.

The senior Burgess in town says one property owner actually used a truck and drove along a sidewalk using the tires to pack it down. He may get kudos for creativity but he’s also going to get a huge bill from the town if he doesn’t come back and do it right.

Tim Sharkey is the senior Burgess in Jewett City. He says the borough just can’t let people get away with this anymore.

“This has been going on for years. And now you’re like, now we had enough. This is it, we have to take a stand someplace,” said Sharkey.

Residents who run into a lots of obstacles on their daily jog or are forced into the street because of un-shoveled sidewalks are glad to see property owners held accountable.

“I think they should clean it up. If it’s their property, they should clean it up. It’s an accident waiting to happen,” said Dan Thornley, Jewett Ctiy.

Jewett City gives property owners six hours to clear their sidewalks, not including night hours after a storm. But the town of Griswold gives them 12 hours so for this storm, these need to be cleared by six Thursday night. If not…

“We will have to contact the town and they will get their public works out and what they do. They will clear it and they will charge them anywhere from $45 up to $90 an hour,” said Sharkey.

Even those who cleared their sidewalks Wednesday need to make sure they’re still obstacle free.

Even if you can’t completely remove the snow and now the ice,  Sharkey says at least put down some salt or other material so people don’t slip.


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