Shoveling Snow Onto Street Risks $100 Fine
Police will strictly enforce this Westborough bylaw.
Westborough residents caught shoveling snow onto a public street face a $100 fine and a civil citation, Police Chief Alan Gordon told selectmen Tuesday night.
Police “will be strictly enforcing” a town bylaw prohibiting “pushing snow back into a public way,” Gordon said.
“We have enforced it in the past. We really don’t want to whack somebody with a $100 fine. But, we’re going to have to do it at some point to make sure the message gets across. I think it will only take a couple of citations and people will realize that we’re very serious about this.”
Gordon said that “normally, what we’ll do is we’ll go out if the DPW calls us, or a cruiser sees somebody doing it, we’ll warn the people and make them remove the snow. It doesn’t always happen.”
Public Works Manager John Walden said his crews “did have problems with people throwing snow back into the street” while handling the Blizzard of ’13 last Friday and Saturday.
“I don’t understand this reasoning,” Walden said.
“They pay us to move the snow out of the street, and they throw it back into the street. And then they pay us to remove it.”