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Residents Complain After Town Refuses To Plow Road

Residents of Cynthia Avenue in Tiverton are angry after the town's decision to not plow their road this winter.

Credit: Tiverton Patch
Credit: Tiverton Patch
Just as Tiverton saw the first snowfall of the season, residents of Cynthia Avenue received some upsetting news - the town would not plow their street this year

EastBayRI.com reports the Tiverton Department of Public Works sent a letter to Cynthia Avenue residents, announcing their street would not be plowed this winter. Residents, angry about the decision, voiced their opinions to the Tiverton Town Council on Monday night. 

According to EastBayRI.com, the public road is in terrible condition and plow trucks cannot handle the road's condition. Since the town has not accepted Cynthia Avenue as a road, it's unclear who's responsible for upkeep. 

The announcement comes just before a second snowstorm is expected to hit this weekend. Early predictions call for an accumulation of a quarter of an inch to a half inch of snowfall. 

What do you think about the town's decision to not plow? Who should be responsible for plowing? Tell us in the comment section below. 
Lawton Ave. 1st December 12, 2013 at 05:19 PM
We never had any issues with our street being plowed first with the old council.
Joe S. December 12, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I would raise hell ! With the Taxes these people pay on their homes they should get the service . It's not a drive way . They got screwed !
Rug Doctor December 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM
It is very clear that the head of the DPW has some axe to grind with some resident of this street. We have other streets in town that are not even paved that get all kinds of services because town employees live there. Here is a street that was put in before zoning and the town was fine with it then and collected taxes for years. Now after the town maintaining the street for decades it is a problem. The DPW guy stopped maintaining the street and it is now in rough shape and now he says he does not want to plow but the reason for the poor conditions is him. How does a street committee that never meets come up with this action. The head of the DPW should be fired over the town abandonment of this street. The town s lawyer is also responsible for this and needs to also be fired. Why was this notification right now when it is winter ? I hope each and every resident of this street file for tax abatements. Mr. (slide it under the rug ) Roderick is a public disgrace for his disregard of residents. He pretends he knows nothing about this but he voted for the town to halt services. A two faced liar!!!! D
Joe S. December 13, 2013 at 06:41 AM
If I remember right the contractor walked away leaving a bond in place . The Money went into the general fund never to be seen again .
Renee Cwiek December 13, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Does anyone know why it has not been accepted as a road. We never seem to get these kinds of answers in the vague articles.
ray December 13, 2013 at 08:23 AM
money to do it must have gone to the school dept...everything else does!
Renee Cwiek December 13, 2013 at 08:41 AM
What percentage of the budget goes to the school dept. Ray? I'm certain it's not the entire thing.
Rug Doctor December 13, 2013 at 09:00 AM
The street was built before there was zoning or even a planning board so from where I sit the town accepted the street when they allowed utility poles to be placed there and the fact that the town has maintained this road for like 50 years. It was accepted by the actions of the town because when it was constructed there were no rules in place.
Rug Doctor December 13, 2013 at 09:17 AM
How can the town say the street was never accepted when there were no standards or acceptance procedure but the town took care of the road like all of the other roads. To me that is acceptance!!!
OldTownie December 13, 2013 at 01:59 PM
It was not a road. It was a driveway. When the developer chose to build house lots, he had 2 choices. Build the road to acceptable specs, or leave it as is and accept no town service on the "road". Everyone who purchased a house there knew this. Go sue the developer. As to the taxes paid by these people, the value of their house, which is the determining factor in their tax amount is based on them living on a private, non-maintained road. As to the "Public right of way", not unless someone (the town) has a deed that says so.
Rug Doctor December 13, 2013 at 03:38 PM
If there was not a planning board or a zoning code back in the day where are the standards for the road? My take on this is the town had no standards back then. If this was never a road why did the town plow and maintain it? So if want your saying is right why would the town provide services to a driveway? The town does not pave or plow my driveway!!! My view of this is just what I said above that there were no standards and the town did accept it by maintaining it. If the town was above board and honest why were the residents notified at the last minute? Why are other unpaved roads/driveways that town officials live on not getting letters from the town. Something does not smell right about this at all.
Renee Cwiek December 13, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Thank you Townie. It's nice to get some of the back story on the situation.
OldTownie December 13, 2013 at 03:58 PM
As identical situations have been adjudicated in RI courts, plowing does not establish ownership unless the service providing party legally establishes a claim (eminent domain) with no objection from abutting/affected landowners. It was a driveway before the town established standards and still a driveway when standards were put in place. Therefore, the burden was on the developer to improve the driveway to street standards. This did not occur. Also, all of the houses in the developed area were built after minimum road standards were implemented. Sounds like a case of somebody knew somebody in DPW and got the private road plowed. That doesn't mean it's a legal road. And the location of telephone poles means nothing. They were put in place along a private drive to supply power to Sanford & sons.
OldTownie December 13, 2013 at 04:04 PM
And as a side note: Plowing is not maintaining. Nor is trash pickup.
Rug Doctor December 13, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Filling potholes ? It is way more than a driveway with all those houses. One thing is clear the town will be in another lawsuit!!
Rug Doctor December 13, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Filling potholes ? It is way more than a driveway with all those houses. One thing is clear the town will be in another lawsuit!!
Rug Doctor December 13, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Nice try with the driveway nonsense!! I have a driveway. It does not have a name or a entire neighborhood of houses. What will you call it next a path. The town should not be plowing driveways . One look at google earth, it is a street. Welcome to Tiverton dirty politics at Christmas time!!! Why do other unpaved roads get services? Why this road? Why now?
OldTownie December 13, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Rug, Complain all you want. but the history is, that was a driveway to where Sanford and sons is. Later, a developer built the other houses. He didn't want to spend the money to rebuild the driveway into an approved road. Your blaming the town when in fact, it's the developer's fault. Plain and simple. I know how this is going to play out because I owned a private road. I've already played this game. File all the lawsuits you want, the outcome is already written in case law.
Joe S. December 14, 2013 at 06:09 AM
A little compassion for those in need . The road should be paved but it wasn't The people who live there pay plenty of taxes . You would think an answer to the problem would be Pave it . If there's a fire how will the emergency equipment get there ? Put the road on the paving list . Then except it .
eastbaybabe December 14, 2013 at 06:50 AM
Why do I have such issues on my iPad with the patch? Anyways, don't tell me someone who buys a forever house on a dirt road doesn't think about the future of plowing and the hassle of getting the town to take responsibility for a privately owned road! If driving down it causes the tax payers to fix a truck the road caused damage to, yes you pay high taxes but you chose to live here and pay them, you want your fancy library, you want your privately owned road to be plowed by the town! Are you saying no one has a plow over there? How about neighbors being neighborly and helping each other out! How about those good ole townie boys? I want I want I want! Think before you buy please
eastbaybabe December 14, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Joe the town can't afford to pave it, they want that million dollar library so badly!
eastbaybabe December 14, 2013 at 06:58 AM
Ray if that's so how come they can't pay the music teacher for all that teaching she does? Then you will all complain when she's not teaching your kids and grand kids how to play the violin and then you'll complain the kids aren't learning enough and we're does the money go? Because if it does go to the school as everyone claims, what is it going towards, if we need a new septic, if we don't have metal detectors in the high school, or a cop sitting outside to keep the kids safe? I'm confused please explain we're the money goes!
eastbaybabe December 14, 2013 at 06:58 AM
Where, sorry
Renee Cwiek December 14, 2013 at 07:56 AM
Eastbaybabe..If I remember right, Ray no longer lives in Tiverton. He's in Fall River. He has no clue and only likes to come on and post nonsense.
OldTownie December 15, 2013 at 12:46 AM
For the love of the English language Joe S, buy a dictionary. Accept! not Except. And you serve on the Budget committee? Wow, no wonder Tiverton taxes are so high.

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