Please Clear Sidewalks Near Schools
Barrington's police chief targets property owners near schools with letter reminding them of the town's sidewalk ordinance.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross sent out a letter on Monday, Feb. 11, to all home owners near schools who have not cleared sidewalks of snow. It reminded them of the town ordinance about clearing sidewalks.
"We are expecting another storm this Friday and Saturday, possibly 4-8 inches," he said.
Commercial property owners also will be notified, he said. The police chief's letter:
"The Town of Barrington has 'amended' Ordinance 164-5 which states that any person 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 6:00 PM the day following any snowfall, cause such snow and/or ice to be removed from the sidewalk as well as areas surrounding any fire hydrants. This section shall also apply to the falling of snow and/or ice from any building.
"If you claim a physical hardship and are incapable of removing the snow or lack financial means to pay for snow removal, you may apply for a hardship waiver from this article with the Director of the Department of Public Works.
"If you fail to clear the snow as required by this ordinance, you will be required to pay a fine of $50 per snow storm.
"We ask for your cooperation in this matter of safety, especially of those residents and children near our local schools and businesses who utilize the sidewalks.
"I am hopeful that we can work together to provide a safe route for all citizens and students during this winter season. To view a map of all the paved sidewalks in town, please log onto our police website www.barringtonpolice.org."