The proposed sidewalk snow ordinance, now a two-year trial with an educational effort rather than tickets and fines, was docketed for the Finance Committee, chaired by Ald. Lenny Gentile, on Valentine’s Day, Monday, February 14.
However, Ald. Vicki Danberg asked that it be held. This will make the Finance vote Monday, March 14, and the full board vote on Monday, March 21.
Your cards and letters supporting the ordinance are critical.
Letters can be sent to the Board of Aldermen via email, to email@example.com. A copy to the TAB would also be extremely helpful.
Aldermen have voiced concerns about the “burden” and “cost” this ordinance shifts to the residents. They need to hear from supporters that this burden is currently borne by the city’s pedestrians: those who cannot afford a car, are too young/old to drive one, are visually impaired or navigate with a heavy wheelchair. Their costs are being shut-in, putting themselves in harm’s way, or having to hire taxis to navigate a city with sidewalks blocked by snow.
Another concern is the city’s plows putting snow on corners & making snow clearance from sidewalks difficult. You can help the city to do its job better, by calling 3-1-1 from your landline, 617-796-1000 from your cell, or using the 311 system online.
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