In the photo, note how the business owner on the right cleared the sidewalk, also take note of the crosswalk signal. Since there is a signal across the street (marked in blue), then there should also be a sidewalk across the street.
Here's a better look at the sidewalk across the street (marked in red), as well as the the crossing signal (marked in blue), and the crosswalk (also marked in blue)...all of which are buried in snow...
...and here's a continuation of the sidewalk buried in snow (marked in red) as it wraps around Beaver Brook Road.
Clearly, this business owner is in violation of the city ordinance that pertains to sidewalk snow removal. Now, according to Mayor Boughton:
A sidewalk inspector was out making sure residents cleared hydrants and sidewalks on their property of snow and ice Thursday and Friday, Boughton said.
Residents who failed to clear their property might receive a ticket, he said.
A sidewalk covered in snow or ice poses a potential safety hazard for people trying to walk, the mayor said.
"If you get hurt walking on a sidewalk in front of a house, that's the owner's responsibility," Boughton said. "Not the city's."
It seems like this business owner is in violation of city ordinance sec 17-7a, which states:
Every person owning or occupying any land fronting upon any sidewalk within the city shall, within four (4) hours of daylight immediately following the cessation of any fall of snow, or accumulation of ice thereon, cause the same to be removed, so that travel upon said sidewalk shall not be obstructed, dangerous or inconvenient, and upon failure so to do within the time limit, shall be punished as provided in Section 1-7. After the expiration of the time limit as aforesaid, if such snow and ice shall not have been removed, the superintendent of highways or his designee shall cause the same to be removed at the expense of such owner or occupier, such expense to be recovered from either the owner or occupier in an action brought in the name of the city.
The punishment og this ordinance provided in section 1-7 states:
Whenever in this Code or in any ordinance of the city an act is prohibited or made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or violation, or wherever in such Code or ordinance the doing of an act is required or the failure to do an act is declared to be unlawful, and no specific penalty is provided therefor either by ordinance or statute, the violation of any such provision of this Code or any such ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of up to two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) and as may be amended by state law. Each day's violation of any provision of this Code or of any ordinance shall constitute a separate offense.
So to recap:
- The snowstorm from hell occurred on Tuesday.
- According to city ordinance 17-7a the business owner in question had "within four (4) hours of daylight immediately following the cessation of any fall of snow, or accumulation of ice thereon, cause the same to be removed, so that travel upon said sidewalk shall not be obstructed, dangerous or inconvenient."
- Failure to comply to 17-7a results in punishment provided in section 1-7 that states: "the violation of any such provision of this Code or any such ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of up to two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00)...each day's violation of any provision of this Code or of any ordinance shall constitute a separate offense.
Based on a literal reading of the city's code of ordinances, as of Saturday, this business owner should be fined 750.00 dollars.
And what's the name of this business that's in violation of the city ordinance?
...and who's the owner of Arconti Concrete LLC?
Yup, you guessed it...CITY COUNCILMAN (and FORMER DANBURY POLICE OFFICER) Robert Arconti!
Funny how a councilman who boasts about law and order can get away with breaking the law? Where's the sidewalk inspector when you need him/her?
(BTW: Isn't that a lovely photo of Bob and anti-immigrant hate-group leader Elise Marciano?)