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Reminder: Shovel Walks and Hydrants

City officials are reminding residents that they are responsible for shoveling sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses.

They're also asking for help getting the city's fire hydrants shoveled out.

City ordinance requires property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their property within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.

In 2012, the city issued 2,000 warnings and about 8 citations to property owners who didn't clear sidewalks after a major snowstorm in February.

Cranston's Police Chief Col. Marco Palombo Jr. was on Twitter reminding people to make sure their sidewalks are shoveled and for the elderly and people who can't get out of the house to shovel to call 2-1-1 for assistance.

If you don't shovel, the snow removal ordinance (12.16.010) includes fines of $20 per hour for each hour after the 24 hour period that snow must be removed.

There is no ordinance requiring residents shovel out hydrants, but it's one of those things that's in everyone's best interest. Although Cranston firefighters and Public Works workers have been clearing hydrants since the storm began on Thursday, others remain buried. In case there's a fire, a clear hydrant saves precious time and potentially, lives.

And if you're puttering around the house and feel like lending a hand, consider volunteering to shovel out your neighbors who need help. Serve RI has a program that connects on-call volunteers for disaster recovery with people in need. Click here to sign up.

Bob January 04, 2014 at 07:59 AM
I'm reminding the city and officials. Do it yourself. That's what I pay taxes for not for fat cat pensions
Elizabeth Roy January 04, 2014 at 08:24 AM
I agree with the fire hydrants too. And while they are out, document the businesses and houses that are not cleaned, and nail these people.
nicole fine January 04, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Why aren't they ticketing the cars parked on the streets during a ban?
Elizabeth Roy January 04, 2014 at 11:18 AM
So agree Nicole. Tired of having the rules rammed at us, but people just keep getting away with being inconsiderate and clueless.
Kat Car January 04, 2014 at 05:11 PM
If the City would get the roads cleared instead of leaving a mess , get plow drivers who know where the curbing is and do it right for once, perhaps more people would shovel out their sidewalks.

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