City to Salem Residents: Clear Those Sidewalks

The city of Salem issued a statement Tuesday evening regarding the ongoing effort to clear local sidewalks of snow dumped by the Blizzard of 2013.

The city of Salem issued a statement Tuesday urging local residents and business owners to do all they can to clear their sidewalks of snow.

As the city pointed out - clearing your sidewalk "isn't just neighborly, it's also the law."

An un-shoveled sidewalk could lead to a $75 per day fine.

"We would prefer not to issue tickets and are asking residents for their help in complying with this important city ordinance. Our Inspectional Services Department has been out reminding property owners of the requirement to shovel walkways and has issued over 60 tickets to date," the release read.

If you can't clear off your own sidewalk and you're worried about getting a fine, Click Here for information about how to hire a local teen to do it for you.

An interactive snow map we built with the help of our readers Tuesday indicated that there is still a lot of work to be done on some of the city's side-streets.

Disgruntled February 13, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I am 34 years old, I grew up in Woburn and moved up to Salem in Nov. The snow removal situation in this city is a joke. I regret the day I decided to move to this city. I love it, but one way in and one way out. Also, when it snows eff the pedestrians. I thought the gov't served the people, not the other way around. I won't be touching a shovel. Ticket me all you want.
ken February 13, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I always wondered why people who live in poor areas like to put chain link fences right up to the sidewalk. They are incredibly ugly and, I thought, pointless. When I moved to Salem I found out why.
ken February 13, 2013 at 06:25 PM
mmm...pie. I see the source of your anger. All that money for a degree and you can't even spell occupy.
Todd Doehner February 13, 2013 at 06:36 PM
You can't blame the cops fpr the mess out there. I listened to my scanner all day Friday and they were towing everything that wasn't nailed down. The problem is, why did they bother? The plows left car-wide piles of snow. I think the streets might just be clearer if they'd left the cars in place.
Bill February 13, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Maybe next we'll be asked to dispose of our own garbage while being charged for it at the same time. Welcome to one party rule.
M Lucy February 13, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I think I might have a solution. Why don't we have people using city services for free shovel people out that aren't able to on their own? Right Mayor?
Bob February 13, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Give me a break! Don't break the law and you won't get a ticket. Geez
adrienne February 13, 2013 at 08:18 PM
I'm a home owner in Salem who pays property taxes. I have a deal for you, Mayor Kim. I will personally shovel the sidewalks on my entire street every time it snows in exchange for paying property taxes.
john February 13, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Welcome to Driscollvill.
Bill February 13, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Brilliant- in exchange for an EBT card - 8 hours of shoveling. Seems fair.
Jane February 13, 2013 at 09:28 PM
I have read a lot of these posts and agree that the city should be responsible for sidewalks not on a residential street. It can be frustrating to residents when you shovel your sidewalk and the plows come and dump a huge amount of snow practically on your door! I live in an apartment building where management is supposed to shovel the walkway but no one showed up,there are people living here who cant walk,people living here with serious medical problems if the EMS had to get in the building they would have had to climb over three foot piles of snow thanks to the plows and the city wants to put it on residents to take care of, just wrong. I feel for people driving, parking is still a mess. Thankfully I do not have a car anymore! I walk everywhere and when I went out yesterday to do a few errands the public sidewalks were not clear at all! Trying to cross a street was a nightmare. The snow piled up on the corners of the street were impossible to see over. I could not see cars coming and they could not see me. The intersections where there are crosswalks were not clear at all!! I almost got hit several times,it scared me and it scared the driver. I was so angry by the time I got home I was shaking.
Jane February 13, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Salem Residents,homeowners,pedestrians PLEASE CALL THE MAYOR AND COMPLAIN!! We pay taxes and should not be responsible for the snow plows dump on our doorstep! The more people complain about this issue the better the results...hopefully...
john February 13, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Not trying to be a wiseguy but that is like throwing a rock to a drowning person.
Jane February 13, 2013 at 09:52 PM
I know John! Regardless we should make an effort to get something done! Even if it does not help at least you know you tried!
john February 13, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I agree but depending on who your councilor is,that may be a better option.
Jane February 13, 2013 at 10:01 PM
That is a good idea John!
Jroug February 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Jack: I'm not sure what the number of commuter students at SSU have to do with the police not enforcing the law, especially as the only reason these kids park illegally is not because there aren't legal spaces available, but because they don't want to walk from the many open & available lots that are farther away. I'm not willing to get my family injured or killed because a college student can't be troubled to walk an extra block, no offense. And the police shouldn't let them get away with it on an almost daily basis. Todd: Not blaming the cops for the mess or complaining about the job they did Friday. By & large they do great work, but there are exceptions when it comes to certain areas. My issue with them is from before the storm, not related. The DPW on the other hand....
Todd Doehner February 14, 2013 at 01:23 AM
I was just downtown -- the whole "red line" walking path for the tourists is cleared three feet across and is sanded and salted -- clearly work done by the city. Yet here on this post we read of people walking in the streets and their kids lacking bus stops. What, exactly, are the priorities in this city? It's becoming increasingly obvious that those of us who live outside of the business district -- you know, the tax base that funds the city -- are Kim's "47% -- " she's not going to worry about us.
john February 14, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Diane Wolf February 14, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Just walked up and down Becket street with my dog, there are 18 houses that have not yet cleared their sidewalks; eighteen out of twenty seven homes.
Roxie February 14, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Canal St. needs to clear the sidewalk along the train tracks (city property?). Jefferson Ave. needs to clear the sidewalk on the bridge over the train tracks (city property?). Plus the countless homeowners who don't shovel their sidewalks. It's been 6 days since the first snowfall and with all this talk about the city issuing citations, they clearly haven't made the effort to actually do it yet. I am tired of walking in the street to get to the bus stop and then standing in the street waiting for the bus.
john February 14, 2013 at 04:09 PM
That's $1800 more the city can screw the taxpayers for. The funny thing is there is no accountability for situations like this as far as the money. What do they do with it? As we speak city workers are clearing snow from in front of the vacant lot next to the gas station on Jackson st. That's private property. Can't have it both ways.
Diane Wolf February 14, 2013 at 04:57 PM
They are ticketing people now. http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1746088800/Clearing-things-up
Jroug February 14, 2013 at 07:40 PM
As I mentioned yesterday, the DPW dumped a huge pile of snow in the middle of my already shoveled sidewalk (after 11pm on Tuesday night). Well on Wednesday the city ticketed me for having a blocked walkway on Wednesday. Yet they won't ticket the illegal parkers or drivers that endanger my life every day. Looking forward to applying all the time, money and energy it requires to expose the laziness and hypocrisy in Salem law enforcement & government.
gene February 14, 2013 at 08:09 PM
It's got be somebody's property
Jack Carver February 14, 2013 at 11:34 PM
I am saying why would they be giving Salem state drivers a break. I just got my excise bill. The tax payers are the ones who need a break from all the extra traffic. 9 out of 10 times when I get cut off by another driver I notice they have a salem state sticker in the back window. The Mayor needs to hold Salem states feet to the fire with all the property tax the city has lost with Salem state gobbling up all that real-estate (single family homes, businesses, and land.)
Jroug February 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I have a couple of theories on why they'd give SSU drivers a break. We have basically the same traffic laws as the rest of the USA (yes, they vary from state to state but not wildly), yet the driving here is FAR worse than anywhere I've driven before (and I've driven all over the world). So why is the driving here so bad if the laws ae essentially the same? There are two reasons 1) our streets were not designed for vehicular traffic in the way that newer cities are and 2) no meaningful enforcement. The former makes driving frustrating (and it's not helped by bonehead signage, non-planning and poor flow decisions). But what can you do about the city layout? Tear it down and start again? Impossible and impractical. So what we need to turn the tide is enforcement, which, at the moment, is laughable in it's absence. If you can't even get a cop to write a parking ticket outside of the downtown area, how the hell can you hope they'll write a ticket for one of the thousands of moving violations that happen each day (many within a BLOCK OF POLICE HQ)? (cont'd)
Jroug February 15, 2013 at 01:00 AM
(pt 2) Why don't they already enforce traffic law (or, as I call it, their jobs)? Because on one hand I think they've accepted that "this is how it is" and there's no reason to ticket someone who violates right of way, makes an illegal turn, runs a red light, goes straight from a turn only lane, etc, etc, etc, because that's how we drive. Which is pure BS. This is the lazy equivalent of not leaving the house because you might get hit by a bus, not the action of an effective police force out to make the city safe. How else can you explain one of the worst intersections in the state that goes unpoliced when there are traffic violations AT ALMOST EVERY LIGHT. Are we afraid to change for the better? Or too stupid? Now that theory is conjecture on my part (informed conjecture, but still). On the other, an even more believable and I'd bet provable theory: Out of towers. SSU student or tourists, they bring money to Salem. That's why you have all the focus on downtown. That's why you don't write tickets - because they might not come back if they get a ticket. Well, what about those of us who live here? In the longterm, this attitude is completely disrespectful to us, the politician's constituents and the people who pay the police salaries. All we're asking for is that these PUBLIC SERVANTS do THEIR JOBS thoroughly, not selectively. Sounds pretty basic to me.
Me February 17, 2013 at 11:21 PM
The city plowing is barricading the elderly and others whom cannot shovel or even even hire someone to do it, since they are pushing huge boulders into driveways and at the doorway of many residents. Therefore the city sidewalks should be plowed by the city and leave the home owners ONLY responsible for any effects caused by the home owner, such as leaves from their trees or rubbish etc. Quote: "What archaic government system can hold a double standard so to subject the people to laws that they themselves are not also being held accountable to. Oh yea, this was (for one ) in 12 century England, before the Magna Carta Charta, before the liberation of its people, also recent history the U.S.A." The city will not just throw the snow onto the sidewalks but also hold citizens accountable to clean it up. "This causes monetary and or physical pain to its citizens."
Me February 17, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Laws causing pain to the people or are a double standard or even those laws not equally enforced is a violation of civil rights and unconstitutional.


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