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DPW harrassment of seniors

I'm a 71 year old, retired senior citizen living alone and suffering back problems. I live on a fixed income and am trying to keep my home and make ends meet.  I have been receiving tickets/violations each morning in my mailbox for failure to completely clear snow and ice from my sidewalks. I can't do it myself.  I already pay a plowing service to clear my driveway and shovel the steps to my front door, and they are always clear.  This service charges $150.00 each trip, and sometimes two or three trips are required if it's a long storm, with the Town plows continually plowing me in.  This is a budget buster for me, so I can't afford any additional snow removal costs. Otherwise, I must use funds needed for basic living expenses. Town Meeting and administration are always lamenting that seniors can't keep their homes in Brookline and retire comfortably due to the high costs here. I love Brookline and am doing everything I can to stay here, but this intimidation and harassment by the Town/DPW may force me out.
MoonBeamWatcher January 10, 2014 at 06:22 PM
I suggest YOU demand your snow service PAY the tickets!
Martha Bullock January 11, 2014 at 09:11 AM
You might want to consider contacting the Senior Center, where the Brookline Council on Aging has social workers to help with many things. I believe there is also a free volunteer snow shoveling project in Brookline, made up of high school students. I have read about them in the Tab and in the monthly Senior Center newsletter. I imagine the Senior Center can help you connect with them - and, if that works out, you may be able to cut down or get rid of your expensive snow shoveling service.
Chris Helms (Editor) January 11, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, Martha and Watcher!
Frank Mulligan January 13, 2014 at 05:51 PM
The sooner you pick-up the phone and call the senior citiizen's. The better it will be for YOU. Good Luck.

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