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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

No Ticket, No Fine, No Shoveling

Crap, I forgot my mountaineer ice cleats.

(C) 2016 Luke T. Bush


Pedestrians: get ready for more unshoveled sidewalks this winter.  Life and limb might be at stake.

Maybe that last sentence sounds overdramatic.  But blocked/icy sidewalks easily lead to falls and broken bones. Even if no bones are broken the fallen person could find themselves incapacitated, unable to get up.  Years ago an elderly woman slipped on Couch Street.  She lay there for a while until someone spotted her.  If that Good Samaritan hadn't helped her she could have suffered frost bite or simply froze to death.

And sidewalks blocked by snow force people to walk in the street.  Like a college student decades ago who was killed by a passing car.

But deep snow isn't the only problem.  When someone doesn't shovel after a few inches have accumulated, people walk on that stretch, compacting the snow to create a bumpy icy glaze.  Ice cleats, anyone? 

After all the discussion and planning last year you would think this winter would be different. There were the public meetings by the Snow Removal Advisory Committee (SRAC) to address the matter.  From its  recommendations the regulation was changed so that scofflaws who didn't shovel sidewalks adjacent to their properties would be ticketed with increased fines.  Besides the building inspector city police could also be contacted with complaints about unsafe/obstructed sidewalks

One problem: the Plattsburgh City Attorney has to come up with the proper tickets to motivate uncompliant landlords/owners.  City police apparently tried to issue improper ones. 

Shouldn't this had been considered months ago by a legal expert reviewing the SRAC recommendations?

How long will it take the city attorney to fix this red tape glitch?  Will this have to go all the way up to the US Supreme Court, finally being settled in the year 2045?  Or will global warming fix the problem before then? (Probably.)

The best solution is what they do in civilized communities like Champlain and Rouses Point: the town clears the walkways. Little towns with much less funding beat the Big City.  An example of why it's better to live in a truly caring community.  And the reason for Plattsburgh City to respond better to the needs of its citizens.


Anonymous @tourpro said...

It's almost like people have just discovered that there is snow and ice in the Northeast, and that it impacts transportation of any sort. Getting the govt involved in snow shoveling is crazed. Is there going to be a special department or person just to evaluate the quality of shoveling? Is there a standard that must be met? Heck, they can't even really officially declare "end of storm" with any certitude. Being responsible for that little patch in front of your business or property is so easy.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Raymond saint-Pierre said...

Just as with ratty couches on porches, neither the city's enforcement codes nor any landlord's sense of property maintenance is going to solve this without a concerted effort. Until someone dies from landlord negligence there will be no action and even then,the local politicians will bow to the property taxpayers, not the tenants!

2:13 AM  
Blogger Raymond Saint-Pierre said...

Landlords with 2 or more buildings play fast & loose with all property regulations. As a former NYC tenant, I am constantly amazed at how Plattsburgh landlords get away with not decontamination apartments after a meth lab arrest, rotting flooring, out of date electrical systems, and just no maintainance in general!
Remember the couches on the front porch debacle? They're still there!!

4:18 PM  

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