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Sidewalk Snow? That's Your Job!

Law's been on the books in Stonington since 1904. If you have a sidewalk in front of your residence, you must shovel/plow it!

Plowing sidewalk in Mystic. Credit: Ellyn Santiago
Plowing sidewalk in Mystic. Credit: Ellyn Santiago
Here's the law in Stonington Borough.

Here's the full Town of Stonington ordinance, (where the penalty is less than a slap on the wrist: Check out Stonington Patch's story from 2010 on the 110-year-old law.)

SIDEWALKS- SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL
ORDINANCE RE:  SNOW & ICE REMOVAL
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE LEGAL VOTERS OF THE TOWN OF STONINGTON, IN LAWFUL TOWN MEETING DULY ASSEMBLED:

It shall be the duty of every owner or occupant of any lands adjoining any sidewalk within said Town to keep the same from snow, ice or sleet, and whenever any ice, snow or sleet shall fall upon any such sidewalk, said owner or occupant shall remove same within twenty-four (24) hours.  Failing in this, the Selectmen may order same removed so that the passing along such sidewalks shall not be obstructed or made dangerous or inconvenient, and every person failing to comply within six (6) hours after such order shall have been received by him, shall, upon conviction, pay a fine or penalty of not less than one dollar ($l.00) nor more than five dollars ($5.00).  If, after the time limited as aforesaid, such snow, ice or sleet has not been removed, it shall be the duty of the Selectmen to cause the same to be removed and the expense thereof shall be assessed upon such owner or occupant and recovered in a proper action before any proper court.

Adopted September 19, 1904
Effective November 1, 1904

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