”I think everyone should shovel their sidewalk — businesses and residents, too,” Council President Tom Gould said after the meeting, adding that it’s unlikely the issue will be taken up by the current council, which disbands in January.
During the meeting, Councilor Jim Liacos, who, along with Athas, is due to retire, strongly opposed Athas’ motion, instead supporting an ordinance that would require clear sidewalks. “This needs to be placed on the agenda and discussed,” Liacos said.
There were no complaints regarding the shoveling of the walks within the plaza, but resident George Smith lamented the increase in traffic at the plaza since the introduction of Dunkin’ Donuts.
“It is a nightmare,” Athas agreed.
Councilor Dave Gravel pointed out that customers for Orange Leaf are likely to come in the middle of the day, when traffic for the doughnut shop has slacked off. The new eatery can be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. the rest of the week.