CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — As western Massachusetts continues to dig out from last week’s snowstorm, a concern exists over sidewalks that have not been cleared — forcing people to walk in busy streets.
Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette says people have been given some slack but now is the time to get their sidewalks shoveled if they haven’s done so.
This is one example of the safety hazards from last Friday’s snowstorm.
It is a sidewalk that hasn’t been shoveled.
“Because there’s a school around the corner. It’s elementary. There are kids who have to walk out in the road and Grattan Street as you can see is a very busy street, so it’s very dangerous for the kids walking to school,” says Chicopee resident Peggy Sullivan.
We’re also told that students use this sidewalk to walk to two schools, the Barry School and St. Joan of Arc School so any sidewalk that’s not shoveled is a safety concern.
This is just one example of a sidewalk that hasn’t been shoveled the fine for first offense is $50, and if you throw snow onto the road, you could be subject to a $100.
Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette says because of the severity of the storm, the city has cut its residents some slack.
“The storm was so heavy that we’ve been very lenient. The ordinance calls for sidewalks to be cleared within 24 hours of a storm. We understood just how tough it was to clear driveways and first things first we got the streets plowed and now we’re asking people to go back out and make sure their sidewalks have been done,” says Bissonnette.
And if you have a legitimate reason why you can’t shovel your sidewalk, then let the city know.
“It’s highly unusual to see this amount of snow so it gives some concern for people who are older or handicapped, or having problems in moving this snow so we want to hear from those who have difficulties, we may be able to help out,” Bissonette adds.
Mayor Bissonnette says Tuesday was a warning day, but starting Wednesday, those violators will be fined