Why You Should Clean Your Walkway

I know it's been a rough winter around the Northeast this year.  Even before it WAS winter we were having snow.  It's a pain in the neck to shovel or use a snowblower...I know that.  Believe me, it's not my idea of fun cleaning out the sidewalk and driveway in the morning.

But in my town it is the law to remove snow and ice from your walkway.  And I wish it was one that was better enforced.  As it is stated:  "The owner or tenant of land fronting upon any street or public place (intended to include private streets open to the public) within the limits of the borough where a sidewalk has been graded shall, within twenty-four (24) hours after a fall of snow or after a freezing of water into ice upon any sidewalk of whatsoever kind, in front of such land, remove such snow or ice from such sidewalks in front of such lands owned or occupied by them, and no such snow or ice shall be thrown onto the public street. Where snow or ice shall have become frozen to sidewalk so that it cannot be removed therefrom, such owner or tenant shall cause such snow or ice to be covered with sand or a comparable material."

Again, I know it's a pain in the neck to do. And I'm not asking for a perfect job.  I'm just asking for an attempt.  For some sort of semi-clear path.

Why?  Well believe it or not; there are still kids out there that walk to school (like mine).  Do you know how hard it is to walk to school when you are climbing over piles of snow or dodging patches of ice?  Often the "safer"  choice is to walk in the street.  How safe do you think that is?

And how about all the other people who use the sidewalks?  Your mailperson...or any other service person who might need to get to your house.  (Do you think a plumber wants to trudge through the snow to fix your leaky faucet?)

Once more I say it doesn't have to be perfect.  Even a narrow path is better than none.

If you can't do it, I know there are plenty of people out there who can and will.  (Paying a service even stimulates the economy right?)

And remember, if you are on the corner of a street, please be a nice guy and shovel out the curb so that a person crossing the street can actually get back on the sidewalk.

So please, shovel or plow.  If nothing else it will make it a safer place for the kids to walk (and everyone else as well).



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