Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Former-Town Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney writes that Watertown should plow private roads, too, to make them safe during an emergency.
Tuesday, March 12
Editor I don’t know why at this particular time of a major storm plowing private ways became an issue. Everyone should have accessibility to their home and street. I understand the superintendent’s position if a private way is in such bad condition that it would be dangerous for plowing. A list of those private ways which are deemed unsafe should be provided so that residents on those streets effected are given notice and some solution can be made. Nothing is absolute! It is an identifiable neighborhood need to have your street plowed. Watertown Firefighters respond to every call whether the emergency is on a private or public way. A very dangerous situation could arise if there is a fire or medical emergency on a street that is not …
Friday, March 8, 2013
State laws appear to prohibit plowing of private ways by the town.
During the Blizzard of 2013, those living on private roads were surprised to see that that town did not plow their roads as they had in most storms. Now it appears they may not be plowed ever again. Watertown officials began researching rules for plowing private ways - roads not owned and taken care of by the town. They found that Massachusetts state law does not allow towns to spend money to remove snow and ice on private roads. Until now, Public Works plows would plow private ways after the storm is over. The reason for doing so is to allow police and fire vehicles and ambulances to access homes on those streets, said Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee. The rule applies to small to moderate storms, Mee said. On Wednesday, a joint …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Getting to and from the bus stop proved difficult and even dangerous, writes Karen Wood.
Thursday, February 14
Dear Editor, I am a resident of Watertown who lives on Chapman Street. To go to work, I take the 70 bus down Main Street to Watertown Square, where I then transfer to the 71 bus to Harvard Square. I do the same at night. [Tuesday], I went to my doctor's office at Harvard Vanguard near the Arsenal Mall. This was my experience. I got off the 70 bus on Arsenal Street just in front of those apartment buildings before the mall. The sidewalks in front of the mall were not cleaned. So, I went up a side street where there is a parking lot. Usually there is a gate opening there. No luck. I had to CLIMB a snowbank on my hands and knees (literally) to get to my doctor's office. After the appointment, I went down to the bus stop in front of the mall, …