Monday, February 16, 2015
Public Hearing on Snow Policies Rescheduled to February 25th, 7pm.
A public hearing has been rescheduled to Wednesday February 25th at 7pm in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall. This hearing will give residents and business owners an opportunity to voice their concerns over previously approved snow removal regulations from December of 2014.
Snow policies were updated by the Curtatone administration and now have residents seeing higher fines and less time to clear City sidewalks after a storm. The policy states, “If snow ceases to fall after sunrise (during daylight hours), property owners must shovel sidewalks by 10 p.m. If snow ceases to fall after sunset (overnight), property owners must shovel sidewalks by 10 a.m.” Fines for failing to comply start off at $50 for a first offense and can result in a lien on property if the City has to use its own resources to clear the snow.
Brightly colored decals will be left on the door of those who are being cited…this is also known as being “Scarlett Lettered.” In a press release, the City stated that it would work with those members of the community who are physically unable to shovel by pairing those residents with Somerville youth through a collaboration with the Office of Commissions, the Health Department and the Council on Aging. Residents would be responsible for paying for the snow to be removed.
The previous public hearing, ironically, was cancelled due to winter weather conditions.