I am glad to see Ed Palatella’s article about uncleared sidewalks in the January 6, 2017 Erie Times News. But his article focused on homeowners
What about commercial property Owners. The Erie Cemetery, First United Methodist Church, the owner of the former Lord Property on Greengarden, the list goes on. A friend commented there are virtually no cleared sidewalks along w 12th from Sassafras to I79. Worse than just failing to clear sidewalks is taking snow from clearing driveways and placing it on the adjacent buried sidewalk. These piles take forever to melt.
Last night, Jan 5, 12 days after the Christmas day storm, I saw a sidewalk plow clearing the sidewalks along 26th Street near Tops Foods.12 DAYS! if the technology exists it should be available and businesses should be required to use it. Not just for this unusually heavy storm but every storm. This disregard for pedestrians by commercial property owners and looking the other way by the city is chronic.
Why aren’t stores, churches, factories, mini malls, cemeteries, office buildings (outside of mostly well maintained) downtown accountable. Pedestrians have rights too. The law requires commercial businesses to clear their property. If they can afford commercial driveway and parking lot clearing they can certainly afford to clear their sidewalks. And do it well before 12 days after a major storm. I paid someone to clear my sidewalk after the first big snow and have managed to keep it clear since. Businesses should do no less.
Perhaps a fee attached to business permits could go to a sidewalk clearing collective. There are people who would appreciate the opportunity for employment doing this.
1/6/2018, 1:37 PM