Our friends Gary and Faith were fined because they did not shovel their grass! Can you believe that? When I first heard about this from my friend Scott I thought it was the stupidest thing in the entire world then I saw the news tonight and I changed my position. Now I think the mayor of Laureldale is the stupidest thing in the entire world or at least his position on the fining of his constituents over not shoveling snow from the grass around their homes is. Anyone wanna place a bet that a certain mayor won’t be re-elected next term?
Well, this travesty of justice is no longer just a Reading news tidbit it has made it to the Philadelphia news (maybe we can take it national).
If there is no sidewalk then people should not be walking there in the first place. Heck, I would not want my lawn destroyed by people walking all over it let alone destroyed by having to shovel a bare spot in it. If the town wants people to have public walkways around their homes then they should put in sidewalks on all sides of all homes. Then and only then can I see enforcing a law about snow removal, but removal of snow from a yard, no way.
It is a little ridiculous to be digging out 50-year-old laws and sticking people with $110 fines without any warning. If Laureldale wants there to be a safe walkway there then put in a sidewalk, but don’t ask them to ruin their lawns by shoveling or even allowing people to trespass on their private property. No sidewalk makes it a private lawn not a public thoroughfare.
Watch the news clip and/or read the whole sad sorted story at 6ABC.com.