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February 15, 2013

Neighborhood feud over snow disposal simmers

HAVERHILL — An old-fashioned neighborhood feud over the Blizzard of 2013 was brewing, but has been averted.

In the neighborhood along Woodman Avenue, neighbors help neighbors. Every winter for the seven years that he has lived on the street, Bill Bibeau has cleaned the snow from the front and around a mailbox kiosk where the neighbors get their mail.

The mailboxes for all residents of the small neighborhood are grouped in a kiosk along one section of narrow property at the end of their street. One side of the kiosk faces their street, and the other side faces a large used car lot.

“Bill goes out there with his snow blower to clean the snow from the mailboxes when he can, and one of us on the street do it if he can’t,” said Bibeau’s neighbor Corey Martell.

Martel and Bibeau complained to police that when workers from the used car lot plow snow in the area after storms, they cause the mailboxes to be blocked. It was especially bad after the blizzard, the neighbors said.

“It’s been a problem,” Martell said.

But the problem has been solved. Robert Kalil, the owner of the car lot — 495 Auto and Truck Sales,1175 Main St. — has agreed not to plow the area near the mailboxes. When the car dealer had pushed snow from his used car lot up to that area where the car lot meets the front of the mailbox kiosk, the Woodman Avenue residents said that blocked access to the mailboxes.

Kalil, while agreeing not to plow there anymore, told a different version of the story.

“I didn’t plow it up against the mailboxes,” he said.

Kalil said he plows snow in an area near the mailboxes to allow elderly residents access to the area.

He said he plows it voluntarily, then the neighbors clean up the rest after he finishes.

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