Looks like depending on where you live, you can, or will soon be able to, get out and walk.
That’s if you can handle the wind chills. (And if you think today’s cold, don’t bother opening your door tomorrow. Forecasts show wind chills as low as -9 degrees.)
But I digress.
The real purpose of my post is an update on our town’s sidewalk plow.
The Department of Public Works began clearing sidewalks yesterday. Department head Karen Galligan informed me that the DPW has rented a blower.
Before getting that news, I had been worried about what the holdup with our out of service plow was. I even worried that too much snow had built up on the walks for the blower to handle once fixed.
Here’s how Town Administrator Mark Purple responded:
The sidewalk plow is waiting on parts, so it should be up and running next week. At some point in the next few years, it will need to be replaced. DPW is currently evaluating what type of unit they will want to replace it with, as the State bid list currently is listing equipment different than what we use. Using the State bid list saves time and (usually) money.
Moving forward, DPW will clear the sidewalks as manpower and equipment allows. While the snow is now higher and deeper, it is not insurmountable for these machines to move it. Obviously, it is important for students that walk to school and residents that regularly use the sidewalks. We have looked at renting equipment to bridge the gap, but there is very little left that Boston and its area communities have not already grabbed.
In looking for a picture of the sidewalk plow, I came across this relevant post from 2011. In it, Galligan answers Susan’s and readers’ questions about the responsibility for clearing sidewalks. (Interestingly, the sidewalk plow was out of commission then, too.)