‘Clean Sidewalks Or Get Fined’ says New Haven Public Works

Snow is cleared along a street in the Upper West Side neighborhood of New York Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in the wake of a storm that dumped heavy snow along the East Coast. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Businesses and homeowners have exactly one day after the snow stops to clear sidewalks.

“I’m pretty strong. I’m pretty strict because I believe that we as city as a community needs to be clean,” said New Haven’s Public Works Honda Smith.

We caught up with Smith outside Whalley Avenue’s Liquor World. She says they’re responsible for cleaning up a section of the snowy sidewalk on Blake Street. If they don’t clean up the sidewalks after a warning, they’ll get fined.

“It begins with a $100 fine,” said New Haven Public Works Director Jeff Pescosolido. “It’s serious, but when it comes to the safety of the traveling public people have to consider the responsibility of the maintenance of the sidewalk.”

“It takes everyone in here to play their part as keeping their properties clear and free from litter, snow, or whatever may be a hindrance to pedestrians,” said Smith. She has a message for property owners, “Clear the snow because you don’t want to see me.”

Smith has the rest of the week to make sure everyone complies.

If you see a sidewalk unshoveled, the city has a service called SeeClickFix, which allows you to report it.

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