From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council has done away with a bylaw that required businesses to clear nearby sidewalks of snow.
The matter was decided at the body's Feb. 1 meeting, during which councilors voted unanimously to strike the 1975 bylaw. Town officials first brought the subject to the council's attention in January, stating that its provisions - among which, that businesses clear snow within 12 hours of a storm - had perhaps outlived their usefulness.
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting has said that the law was passed at a time when business was concentrated in the downtown area.
"In 40 years, the town has expanded dramatically up and down Rte. 140 and in the industrial parks," he said, adding that he did not believe the bylaw had been enforced during his years with the town."
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Related article from the first meeting on this item in January
Full meeting summary of the Feb 1, 2017 Town Council meeting
|evidence that the DPW does get to clear the sidewalks of snow.|