Sanity has been replaced by absurdity in Canandaigua and Palmyra. Residents have been getting fined for not shoveling snow off the sidewalk in front of their houses. What’s next? Will they have to shovel the road in front of where they live? These residents deserve better from their elected officials.

Sanity has been replaced by absurdity in Canandaigua and Palmyra. Residents have been getting fined for not shoveling snow off the sidewalk in front of their houses. What’s next? Will they have to shovel the road in front of where they live? These residents deserve better from their elected officials.

The officials of Palmyra and Canandaigua say this is about safety. If it’s a safety issue, then why don’t these officials buy a sidewalk snowplow to protect their citizens? Sidewalk plows are cheap and effective.

Should disabled homeowners in wheelchairs be responsible for shoveling the sidewalks in front of their houses? What about people with heart conditions, or those with bad backs, or blind persons, or any other persons in the disability category? Many homeowners specifically hire contractors to plow their driveways because they can’t shovel themselves.

In Perinton, the elected officials were smart and purchased a sidewalk snowplow. They realize that sidewalks are property of their municipality, just like the roads are, and are therefore a responsibility of the town to keep clean. It also keeps the residents happy.

Here’s an idea for elected officials in Palmyra and Canandaigua: Take the “fine money” you’ve already collected from residents for not shoveling the sidewalks in front of their houses and purchase a sidewalk snowplow. That would be doing the right thing, and maybe you could save face by doing so!

TIM KIER
Fairport