Shovel Your Sidewalk or Face Fines
You are being given some additional time from East Providence to clear your sidewalk of snow, but the clock will start soon.
Have you cleared your sidewalk of snow yet?
East Providence has an ordinance that mandates you have 24 hours from daylight after a storm to clear snow off your sidewalk. Or pay a fine.
“Is the ordinance in effect?” said City Engineer Eric Skadberg. “Yes, it is.”
But everyone is being given some leeway because of the amount of snow that fell during the Blizzard of 2013 – more than 17 inches.
“That’s a lot of snow,” said Skadberg, who is charged with enforcing the ordinance.
“We haven’t even gotten the snow off the sidewalks at City Hall yet,” he said on Monday.
Skadberg said he would not be going out to start enforcing the ordinance until at least today or Wednesday. His primary focus will be sidewalks used by children to get to schools.
“We want to remind everyone that the city is serious about enforcing the sidewalk ordinance,” he said.
A first offense will draw a $25 fine, Skadberg said. A second offense will get a $50 fine. For three or more offenses, you will pay $100 each.
The city uses two large snow throwers to clear city-owned and state-owned sidewalks, he said. There are 2.6 miles of municipal sidewalks in East Providence, usually around schools and other public buildings.