Although the city's "trial" snow-shoveling ordinance does not include any fines, Newton residents are encouraged to shovel the sidewalks adjacent to their homes to allow for safe pedestrian passage.
But if you are not able to shovel your sidewalk, the city of Newton offers several resources for those who need help clearing snow.
If you would like to request exemption from sidewalk snow shoveling for reasons of "health and financial duress", sidewalk shoveling exemption forms are available online. Once the form is filled out, it can be mailed to: 345 Walnut St. (Newton Senior Center), Newtonville MA 02460, Attn: Snow shoveling exemption.
In addition, the city of Newton has developed a list of people who are willing to shovel snow for a fee. The list is available at City Hall, the Newton Free Library and the Newton Senior Center. It is also available online.
Residents looking to hire someone on the snow shoveling list should contact the shoveler directly to negotiate the job parameters and the fee.
The city has also posted a map of all sidewalk snow plowing routes that the city handles during storms with 4 inches of snow or more.