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Abandoned property, foreclosures creating sidewalk issues in Winsted

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Maggie Lohmiller

WINSTED, CT -- Snow piles in front of foreclosed and abandoned properties are forcing some Winsted students to walk in traffic.

Parents said the town is simply not taking action and it is creating a dangerous walk to school for students.

"I had to deal with it. I had no other choice," student Taylor Amery said.

Snow has certainly mounded up high on the sidewalk of on abandoned home along Route 8. It has forcing pedestrians and children headed to school to walk in busy traffic.

"The first storm started it," mother Tammy Amery said. "And then my son went and shoveled, so he can get to school."

But the February storms packed quite a punch and now, the snow is more than 6 feet high.

Parents such as Tammy Amery and Michelle Wade said they have no choice, but to drive their children to school.

"They don't provide transportation after third grade, so they can only walk or get driven," Tammy Amery said. And we work, so it's kinda hard to do that."

But it's not just this abandoned property. The sidewalks at those homes were untouched.

Tammy Amery said she's tried to get the attention of town officials, but when she calls she says she gets the runaround.

That's when she reached out to the Eyewitness News I-Team.

Eyewitness News went to town hall, but no one could give the station an answer.

Winsted interim Chief of Police Kevin Kinahan said they were trying to locate the property owners and would be issuing citations of $100 a day to offenders.

Parents said they don't care about potential penalties, they want action.

"They really need to find a way to have someone else come and shovel the sidewalk," Wade said. "It's a major road and it's just not safe."

Alan Strauss, who is the principal of the Gilbert School, said that he wants to make sure kids can walk safely in town. So he hopes to put together a group of students to pitch in and help dig the sidewalks out.


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