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Snow Chores Could Prove Dangerous, Costly

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — If everyone had the attitude of Kaz Wozniak, snowy nights wouldn’t seem so bad.

“I love it. We a team, we team USA,” Wozniak said Wednesday night while snowblowing.

With his 1964 Gravely snowblower and a more modern covering attachment, Wozniak clears every house and sidewalk he can in Liberty Heights, so kids and others can safely pass by.

“The whole sidewalk, bunch of houses in here and I love it,” he said with the hum of the engine in the background. “Previously, my uncle was the owner, now I’m the second owner. Ohh it still works beautiful. Now I have four of them.”

But Wozniak can’t cover the whole city. While out and about looking folks digging out and avoiding snow violations, ABC40 cameras found a Bay Street sidewalk and bus stop next to Central High School impassable, with school scheduled to open Thursday morning. If someone calls the police to complain, homeowners can face a fine. The same is true for those who don’t totally clean off their cars. ABC40 saw Alexie Velasquez rushing to get the job done while gassing up.

“I didn’t have time to clean it at my house because I’m running late to work,” Velasquez said.

When he got to the gas station, though, Velasquez rushed to polish up his car. To finish the job, we lent him a brush. He wiped clear just about every inch of the vehicle before leaving, including headlights and taillights. Commuting to Connecticut everyday, Velasquez says he’s seen projectile snow create highway chaos.

“I’m going to on the highway you know and I am going to go maybe 65-70 mph, you know I don’t want to cause anything,” he said.

However, other serious responsibilities are closer to home, including clearing snow covered fire hydrants. ABC40 found one on Venton Street in Springfield.  Victoria Weinberg had hoped to use someone’s snowblower but didn’t have any luck, so we jumped in to help her dig out.

With Weinberg and other neighbors, a solid and clear path to the hydrant was dug out on all sides. That way, in the event of a fire, crews could bring the hose right in the opening without wasting any time.

“If they have to sit there and shovel, than we are going to burn to death. Basically, right?” Velasquez said.

A serious question no one wants to ponder, and another potentially dangerous situation that can be avoided by completing those snowy chores.
The one thing ABC40 cameras did not catch was someone blowing snow into streets and other people’s properties.
If you are caught doing either, you can also face a fine for that. As always, sticking to your community’s parking ban is a must, as well.

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