"The town is reconsidering a 1975 bylaw that requires businesses to clear nearby sidewalks of snow.
The Town Council recently voted to repeal the bylaw - which sets a 12-hour time limit for businesses to remove snow - at the suggestion of Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting. A second vote is needed before the repeal occurs.
When the bylaw was passed, Nutting said, most of the Franklin's businesses were located downtown, so clearing the sidewalk in front of storefronts was a straightforward proposition. Now, he said, businesses are located in many places throughout town, including the area along Rte. 140, Kenwood Circle and Union Street and in the two industrial parks.
"I don't think it's practical any more," he said. "I don't think we've written tickets (for it) in the years that I know of."
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|evidence that the DPW does get to clear the sidewalks of snow. However one must also ask if the Downtown Project took so long, to plan, couldn't they atleast have put the pole on the side of the sidewalk?|
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