By Chief Steven J. Wojnar
Dudley Police Department
With snow and other bad weather arriving in our area a little sooner than normally expected, I wanted to take this opportunity to once again remind residents of the sidewalk snow removal procedures. This is always a hot topic of conversation with many people. It is especially true when we have our first truly measurable snowfall of the year. I wanted to provide everyone with a reminder on this important issue.
Each community should have local by-laws or ordinances addressing this subject. In the Town of Dudley, Article Eight Section Four is the by-law covering this situation. This law requires every owner, tenant, or occupant of a building abutting a finished sidewalk, to keep the area free from many substances, including snow and ice. These areas should be cleared during the period when the snow plows have completed the major removal of snow during a storm and before the slush/snow has the opportunity to freeze and become ice. As a general rule, some time within twenty-four hours after a storm's ends is the prime opportunity to perform this task. Penalties for a failure to clear sidewalks can be twenty dollars per day.
It is important for the local property owners to perform this task. The general public, including school children, use these sidewalks every day. By providing free and clear paths along the roadside, we can limit the number of pedestrians on the roads and hopefully limit the risk of accidents or injuries.
For those residents who are elderly or disabled and unable to clear these areas, the Dudley Leo's Club, the junior organization of the Dudley Lions Club, has in the past volunteered to shovel these areas free of charge. For further information, I encourage people to contact me at the station. I thank the LEO’s once again for all their dedicated service to the community.
I wish to thank Principal Dono, the teachers, and staff of the Mason Road Elementary School for allowing me to participate in the Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast held on Tuesday, November 20th. The kitchen staff worked hard on preparation and the teachers, parent volunteers, and many others worked to serve all the kindergarten students a wonderful meal. The children enjoyed the food, festivities, and the opportunity to dress up as Pilgrims and Native Americans. Another great time was had by all at this annual celebration.
The Dudley Police Department DARE Program fundraiser is underway and will continue for the next few weeks. Calls will be made by All Pro Productions to local residents and businesses seeking donations to this worthwhile program. A basketball game against the New England Patriots All Stars is planned for the early spring as thanks to those who contribute. Sergeant Dean Poplawski has conducted the DARE program at the Dudley Middle School for the last several years and it is completely funded through this fundraiser and other donations. We thank everyone in advance for their generosity and encourage you to contact our department should you encounter any problems or have any questions.