What To Do If You See Snow....on your sidewalk ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment
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Friday, February 5, 2010

What To Do If You See Snow....on your sidewalk

1. Pretend you did not see it.
2. Go shovel it off your sidewalk.
3. Hmmm...where to shovel it? Maybe on to the street? Where else?
4. Finish shoveling. Take a break.
5. Watch lots of crazy drivers slide through on the streets with blocked windshields, front and rear.
6. Watch city plow come through
 7. Watch city plow push all the snow--plus more--that you just shoveled--back on to your sidewalk.
8. Contemplate what to do next...
9. Do you shovel out yet more snow after it was packed and compacted and pushed back on to your siewalk?
10. Say the hell with it and go walk on the streets which are now more or less cleared?
11. Okay, so you walk on the street where cars are now flying by and risk your life to walk...which is what everyone else should be doing instead of  driving until everything is clear.
12. Get back home and get back to shoveling...and shoveling...back on to the street where at least it will melt away and you have nowhere else to shovel it....incur the wrath of crazy drivers who yell at you for throwing snow from "your" sidewalk to "their "road"...
13. Wait a minute! We get public crews to clear roads, which they do by throwing it on to my "private" sidewalk... but I'm at fault for shoveling my sidewalk which then got all that "public" snow thrown back upon it? This makes no sense....
14. You clear your walkway....only to find out that your neighbor has not cleared his walkway. So you did the right thing. Your sidewalk got cleared....but your neighbor did not get a citation. So people can now walk on "your"sidewalk" but not "his" sidewalk next door, so they have to then walk in "our" streets at great risk to their lives...
THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY TO PLOW SO WE DON'T PUSH IT ALL BACK ON TO SIDEWALKS
IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LAW THAT SAYS SIDEWALKS MUST BE SHOVELED, THEN LET US ALL DO IT AND....LET OUR CITY GOVERNMENT FINE AND COLLECT FINES FROM THOSE WHO DO NOT DO IT....THAT WILL HELP ADDRESS OUR BUDGET DEFICIT....WHICH BY THE WAY...HAS JUST GOTTEN A WHOLE LOT BIGGER BECAUSE OF THE COSTS FOR PLOWING.....
A solution to this will begin once we determine who really owns and controls and is responsible for our sidewalks. I believe they are clearly in the public domain and while every citizen should clear what he or she can clear and should clear and help each other, the problem is...well just described above. The rest is commentary.

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1 Comment:

Melanie said...

The fine in Annapolis for not clearing your sidewalks is a paltry $25. The city code does not say if it is per day or per "event". In some cities in New England it starts at $150 and can go as high as $250. PER DAY. It's time for the City to figure out who is responsible for enforcing it (no one there seemed to know) because in the nearly 25 years that I have lived here I am willing to bet there has not been one single time it has.

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