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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Keep sidewalks clear

Dear Brookline Business Community,

In recent months, the Brookline Police Department has received complaints

of sandwich boards interfering with the flow of pedestrian traffic on

sidewalks in commercial areas. One of these complaints came from a

visually impaired resident who fell trying to navigate around a sandwich

board. With the safety of all our residents and visitors in mind, we

would like to draw your attention to Town By-Law 7.5.11 (below) which

prohibits placing obstructions on any public street or sidewalk.

We are asking businesses to please remove sandwich boards from public

sidewalks immediately so that shopping areas will be safe for all to visit

and enjoy. The Brookline Police will be undertaking education and

enforcement efforts to assist in compliance.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

Daniel C. O’Leary

Chief of Police


No person shall place or cause to be placed in any street

or upon any sidewalk of the town, any lumber, coal, iron,

trunk, bale, box, crate, cask, package, article, or

anything whatsoever so as to obstruct a free passage for

travelers, nor allow any of the same to remain more than

one hour after being notified by a police officer to remove

it, except that nothing herein contained shall be construed

to prevent the use of streets and sidewalks for building

purposes upon obtaining a permit from the Board ofSelectmen.

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