As many of you know I spend time on the weekends walking around Franklin, "Reporting by walking around." With 43" os snow deposited in such a short period of time, the range of my walks has been challenged. Yesterday, I did get to venture a good deal in and around downtown testing the sidewalk status. As shown in the sample photos here, the status of the sidewalks varies greatly.
Some sidewalks are cleared by the DPW, some by the residents or business owners, some not at all.
I'll need to do some research in the Town bylaws to find out what if anything is said about clearning sidewalks. I recall there is a policy against putting snow into the streets. For some of the businesses on Main St, they don't have much of an option for where to put the snow, other than to pile it further on the sidewalk. Doing so creates a narrow path way restricting handicap access, nevemind making it more challenging for people to walk together.
|Main St in front of the Depot Building|
|Dean St on the side of Dean Bank|
|Main St in front of Dean College|
|Along the side of St Mary's on Daniel McCahill Way (leading to Oak St)|
|Oak St, along the side of the parking lot for the Oak St/Horace Mann school complex|
|Oak St, parking lot entrance to Oak St/Horace Mann and Franklin High School|
|RT 140 in front of Akin Bak|
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