EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


February 15, 2013

Neighbors step up to help clear sidewalks

Snow removal from sidewalks and edges of streets continues


The mayor said he is thankful for the efforts of residents who have helped clear sidewalks and their neighbors’ driveways.

“This is a time when the neighborhoods come alive and people help each other out,” he said. “And, in that spirit, we see a lot of places that get cleared up before we get there.’’

In the past, the city has sent inspectors to urban areas with many sidewalks to verify compliance with the law that residents clear sidewalks in front of their homes. The inspectors have fined offenders who repeatedly disregard the regulation. The fine is $50 for each offense.

Scully found himself an unpopular man when he closed schools on Monday, a day after the clean up began, but he said “We live in New England, and when we a substantial amount of snow, I want to do the responsible thing, and put the safety of out school population first.’’

Scully pointed out that Haverhill has 400 miles of roads, most of them with accompanying sidewalks.

“They take time to clear,’’ he said. “It’s a big city and takes a lot of effort and not all the sidewalks get cleaned right away.’’

At Barrett’s Specialty Food and sandwich shop at 103 Merrimack St., owner Melinda Barrett described how high the snow had piled up at the beginning of the storm and that the city cleaned it away down to the pavement.

“When you look out there, it’s like it never snowed,” she said, pointing to the bare sidewalk.

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