Here’s Why They Call It A “Snow Bank”

It’s 43 degrees today, and people are as giddy as the first day of spring.

But that doesn’t change the fact that — nearly a week after our big snowstorm — this is the scene at People’s Bank:

An alert — and frustrated — reader writes:

I was coming back from town, and had to walk IN TRAFFIC on the Post Road to get by the bank.

I went in immediately and asked to see the manager. The person at the counter wanted to know what for, so I told her. The manager came out with some excuse or other. I was so upset I didn’t listen closely, having just had my life on the line on the street.

Another guy who was there admonished me for my angry tone of voice. Oh yeah, make ME the bad guy.

By my count the snow storm was five days ago. They should be fined at the least. Hope nobody gets killed on the Post Road.

16 responses to “Here’s Why They Call It A “Snow Bank”

  1. While I 100% agree that the sidewalks should be cleared, part of this story doesn’t seem right. You were “so upset that you didn’t listen closely, having just had my life on the line on the street” is what you wrote. Why go in and ask for the manager if you weren’t going to listen to the explanation?? I’m actually curious as to what the manager’s explanation was.

    • Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

      Jodi I’m siding with Molly in this. The details of the situation are totally different and don’t matter. But…the week before Christmas I took the side of a woman in her 90’s and reported a situation she was facing to the people in charge. While I did listen to every word I was so shaken by the indifference and injustice of the situation I kept stammering when explaining it to someone else. So I understand Molly’s explanation.

      • I’m not taking sides…like I said, the sidewalk should have been cleared for sure!!!! The original story just sounded strange.

  2. Yes, there is a law about this, but not sure what the penalty is. Perhaps others involved in town govt can shed some light on this:

    Sec. 50-407. – Business use sidewalks—Snow and ice removal.
    The owner or person in possession and control of any property adjoining any business use sidewalk shall provide for the removal of snow and ice from such business use sidewalk within 24 hours after the deposit or formation of snow or ice.

    (Code 1981, § 128-3)

    State Law reference— Authority to require adjacent landowners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, C.G.S. § 7-148(c)(6)(C)(v).

    • Werner Liepolt

      The penalty is three sections earlier:

      Sec. 50-404. – Penalties for offenses.
      The Director of Public Works is authorized to impose monetary penalties for a violation of maintenance as set forth in Section 50-406, removal of ice and snow as set forth in Section 50-407, and the removal of barriers, obstructions or overgrowths as set forth in Section 50-408, upon the failure of the owner, or person in possession and control to do so after notice, if required in this article. Violation of any provision of this article shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $90.00, payable to the Town. Each violation of this article shall be a separate and distinct offense, and in the case of a continuing violation, each day’s continuance thereof shall be deemed a separate and distinct offense.

  3. Susan Iseman

    The sidewalks on South Compo in front of Longshore were not that clean yesterday either. Evidence will be melting soon. Lots of cars still have snow and ice on them, which is illegal.

  4. Caroline Howe

    I think those two Christmas trees should be dumped in front of the bank.

  5. Holly Wheeler

    I used to work in Mt. Kisco, where store owners never shoveled their walks, except for the Asian owned businesses which were meticulously clean. Sidewalks were down right dangerous. A movement grew to boycott any store that didn’t comply with the shoveling ordinance because ANY BUSINESS THAT DOES NOT SHOVEL CLEARLY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE SAFETY OF ITS CUSTOMERS.

  6. There’s a fine for not shoveling your sidewalks and hydrants

  7. Ok. I’m the person who made the post. I did listen to the manager who said the responsible company was supposed to come some time ago and was supposed to come again today. Since it is now five days after the storm, and a relatively short stretch of sidewalk, it didn’t seem much of an excuse. Nor did he seem very concerned about it.

    • Thank you for explaining further Molly. Like I stated above, the sidewalk should definitely be cleared and it is the bank’s responsibility. Your story makes more sense now and People’s Bank (my bank!) should clear those sidewalks!!

  8. Also, I think if I were the bank manager and I came to work Monday morning and saw the clearing had not been done, I would have made it a priority for the sake of people’s safety.

  9. Nancy Hunter

    Sounds as if Westport is unaware that the town is situated in the Northeast weather network.

  10. Ellen Greenberg

    Mark: Unless you have read the lease agreement, you do not know if it is the building owner or the tenant who is responsible for clearing the sidewalk. Most long term leases put that responsibility on the tenant. I am part owner of a bank occupied building in PA and the bank is responsible for all maintenance and indemnifies the owners against all claims.

  11. Gil Ghitelman

    Snow bank? The manager would probably give him a SNOWJOB for not cleaning up.