The new snow-shoveling ordinance, passed by the City Council and signed by the Mayor, will take affect beginning Wednesday January 28, 2015.
The ordinance will apply to residences, businesses and all other properties abutting a paved sidewalk – including, but not limited to properties owned by the Commonwealth, all departments and agencies of the City of Everett, houses of worship and non-profit entities.
Mayor DeMaria, the City Council, and public safety officials believe the ordinance is important for many reasons, not the least of which is to allow Police, Fire, and EMS access to homes of emergencies. Both Police Chief Mazzie and Fire Chief Butler supported the Mayor in the creation and implementation of such an ordinance.
There are certain exemptions to the ordinance. Any person who qualifies for, and receives the elderly exemption on their property taxes, or any person deemed physically handicapped by their doctor would be deemed a waiver. To apply for a waiver contact the Mayor’s Office at 617-394-2270.
As a reminder, the Office of Human Services sponsors a snow shoveling referral list for those residents who may need assistance with shoveling. This list is comprised of young people who wish to earn extra money by snow shoveling for their neighbors. When a resident needs assistance this list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers will be sent to them so that they may contact the students directly. Please note this is NOT a City-funded program. Arrangements for the type of work and rate of pay must be negotiated between the resident and the worker.
Residents who wish to receive the list, and students who have been included on the list in previous years, or those who wish to be added to this year’s list, please contact the Office of Human Services at 617-394-2260.