Inspired by Jef’s fun live-blogging of the snow storm (who hasn’t enjoyed the blizzard so far?) it’s time for us to shine the brightest of spotlights onto the clearing (or lack thereof) of the city’s sidewalks.
On the East Side, my wife and I walked from Wayland Square, to our synagogue near Brown Stadium for services, to Hope Village (or whatever we try to rename it), and back, and the sidewalks were 85% cleared, I’d estimate. Pretty impressive, but just not good enough folks.
Why is that? Because property owners clearing their sidewalks is more than just good citizenship, it’s the law. Here at Greater City Providence, this is going to be a BIG focus this Winter season and we’re going to do a lot of blogging and advocacy on this issue.
Here’s the ordinance text:
Sec. 23-13. Removal of snow–Required.
All owners, occupants or persons having care of any building or lot bordering upon any street, highway or public place within the city, shall within the first four (4) hours of daylight after the end of any snowfall, or the fall or deposit of snow on the sidewalk of said building or lot from any cause whatsoever:
(a) Remove or cause to be removed all snow from a path not less than three (3) feet in width of the entire border in or on said street, highway, or public place;
(b) Remove or cause to be removed all snow from around any fire hydrant on the sidewalk in front of said building or lot;
(c) Remove or cause to be removed all snow from the opening of any catch basin in the sidewalk of said building or lot;
(d) Remove or cause to be removed all snow from pedestrian-access ramps cut into street curbs bordering said building or lot;
Any person found guilty of violating this section shall be fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) nor more than three hundred dollars ($300.00). The enforcement of the above shall be done by the city police department.
(Ord. 1914, ch. 30, – 24; Rev. Ords. 1946, ch. 33, – 38; Ord. 1961, ch. 1422, – 1; Ord. 1994, 94-56, – 1, 12-27-94; Ord. 2003, ch. 03-37, 6-16-03)
By the way: All of Providence’s ordinances can be found on this website. This is very useful and one link that we should all bookmark.
Photo from outwiththeold.com