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Past practice vs current economic reality

Sidewalk snow sparks debate in Sturbridge

Sections of sidewalk along routes 20 and 131 have traditionally been cleared by the DPW but some selectmen see that practice as an unfair waste of taxpayer dollars. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
November 10, 2009
STURBRIDGE — The question surrounding who is really responsible for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice has been put off for another winter.

Selectman Scott Garieri explained inquisition into the town's Department of Public Works (DPW) plowing snow on sidewalks along sections of routes 20 and 131 began last year, though no decision was ever made as to whether or not it should continue.

"It's been a past practice," Garieri said, though adding, "'past practice' does not take into account changing of times."

DPW Director Greg Morse explained to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Nov. 9, sidewalks from LaFlamme Lane along Route 20 to the Piccadilly Pub, and from the intersection of Route 20 and Route 131 along Main Street to just beyond the Publick House have historically been part of that department's workload in the aftermath of substantial snowfall.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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