Were You Warned to Clear Sidewalk?
Barrington's police chief said officers began giving out warnings to property owners who saw the new deadline in snow removal ordinance come and go.
Mother Nature has cleared most of the snow from last Saturday's storm off of Barrington's sidewalks.
If you didn't clear the sidewalks yourself by 6 pm last Sunday, you might have received a warning from the police department.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said officers began giving out warnings when the 6 pm deadline came and went on the day after the snowfall ended. That’s one of the changes in Barrington’s amended snow removal ordinance.
The ordinance, 164-5, states that anyone having “the care of any building or lot of land bordering on any street, highway, square or public place within the town where there is a sidewalk shall, by 6 pm the day following any snowfall,” remove it from the sidewalk and areas surrounding fire hydrants.
This section also applies to falling snow and/or ice from rooftops.
If you fail to clear the snow as required by the ordinance, you may be fined $50. That’s the other change to the ordinance. Fines previously started at $10.
You can claim a physical hardship if you are incapable of removing the snow or you lack the financial means to pay for snow removal. Apply for a hardship waiver with the director of the Department of Public Works.
The police chief is asking for your cooperation after any snowstorm, especially if you live near a school. The ordinance’s intent is to not to provide income for the town but to provide a safe route for anyone using sidewalks.
To view a map of all the paved sidewalks in town, log onto the Barrington police website. Double-click the snow plow.