After last year's controversy over fines levied against Hagerstown residents who didn't have their sidewalks cleared of snow, city officials have decided to try something new - asking for volunteer help. Encouraging people to help their neighbors and keep down government expenses at the same time is a great idea.
But under this plan, not everyone can get help. Under the city's requirements, you must be 60 years of age or older, financially and physically unable to clear the snow yourself and have no family member who can do it for you.
The city's Office of Code Compliance will put together a list of volunteers. Once it's determined that there are enough of them, the city will coordinate with the Washington County Commission on Aging, which will register those who need help.
If it works, the arrangement will be ideal for older residents who have no family nearby or who are unsure about who to call for snow-removal help.