Should the Town Plow Private Roads in Watertown?

The issue of plowing private ways cropped up during the Blizzard of 2013, and now the Town Council will tackle it.

The Blizzard of 2013 dumped more than 2 feet of snow on Watertown's streets, but some residents said their street were not made as high a priority as others. 

Residents of private ways in town complained that the snow was not removed as promptly as past storms. The Town Council will now explore the town's snow plowing policy when it comes to private roadways.

The town does not have to repave these roads, but they have removed snow so that ambulances, fire and police vehicles can get to homes on these streets during an emergency.

What do you think? Should the town be plowing snow off private streets? Should they get as high priority as other roads in town? Share in the comment section below. 

ESL February 16, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Residents of private roads pay taxes just like all other town residents, and should absolutely have the same access to emergency services. I cannot believe that people were left in this storm, not only to fend for themselves, but plowed in on either side by the town. This creates a major safety concern and puts residents with health concerns at risk while trying to dig their way out of the huge plow piles created by the town's clearing of cross-streets, but not of the private roads.
Robert Jackson February 16, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Why are they private in the first place? Taxes are for city services, not snow plowing private roads.
Nathanael Pine February 16, 2013 at 02:51 PM
ESL makes a good point. These people pay real estate taxes so they are entitled to have some city services. I think there should be an addendum to the article to define what a private way is and how it got to be that way in the first place.


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