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Clear Snow Off Sidewalks in 24 Hours

Property owners in East Providence have 24 hours from daylight to get sidewalks cleared or pay a fine.

You have 24 hours from daylight to clear snow off your sidewalks in East Providence. Or pay a fine.

“We give everyone a full day,” said City Engineer Eric Skadberg.

The time given to property owners used to be four hours, said Skadberg. But that was almost impossible to enforce. Now the city engineer is able to enforce the ordinance.

“We don’t have a stop watch, obviously,” said Skadberg.

But the city is serious about enforcing the 24-hour rule, he said. It started levying fines last year. 

“We used to send notification letters previously,” he said. “But we needed to put more teeth into the ordinance."

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.

“We think people will get used to it over time,” he said of the 24-hour rule and enforcement. 

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.

Sharon January 16, 2013 at 01:17 AM
My husband is in a wheelchair. I am over 70 years old. Even 24 hours might not be long enough for us to clean our sidewalk. I clean the walkway so mail can be delivered but that takes about all the energy I have. My neighbor does my driveway. Let's hope we don't get much snow!
Ron C January 16, 2013 at 03:45 AM
I'm the first to say I'm not happy with how our city works but I have to disagree with you Terry. I brought my dog over to Larisa Park early Monday morning and a city worker pulled in the parking lot. He took a snow blower out of the back of the truck and cleared the sidewalk all the way down to Terrace Ave. and then the other direction. He didn't do the small section where the kids were sledding.
Terry Boyd January 16, 2013 at 08:49 AM
I stand corrected Ron C. I didn't notice that side of the park. I saw them with a Bobcat snowthrower attachment on Tues. doing the other side.
Terry Boyd January 16, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Kudos. All sidewalks were done when I got out of work at 3 pm. Same day as the snowfall. I hope this continues. I did see quite a few homeowners that didn't bother at all. I know the are able bodied. No excuse for it. Your letter carrier and delivery men also need access to your property.
Susan Costa January 02, 2014 at 12:02 PM
"... after the ceasing to fall of any snow has ceased to fall." NOT from daylight ... geez, get it right already.

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