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City issues few tickets as part of snow-shoveling ordinance

February 20, 2014

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Lawrence residents may be getting better at running a snow shovel.

According to the latest numbers from City Hall, only six tickets were issued for unshoveled sidewalks following the snowstorms that hit earlier this month. That’s an improvement from when the snow shoveling ordinance was in its infancy. During the winter of 2009/2010, the city issued more than 200 tickets to property owners who hadn’t cleared their sidewalks within the 48 hours following the end of a snow storm.

During this most recent batch of winter weather, the city did receive 72 complaints about the condition of sidewalks. But Brian Jimenez, the city’s director of codes, said most of them didn’t result in a ticket because city inspectors took the extra step of trying to call property owners before conducting an inspection. Once called, those property owners got busy shoveling and avoided a ticket, which carries a $20 fine and $60 in court costs. The city also didn’t issue any tickets for sidewalks that clearly had been covered by snow thrown from a snow plow.

But Jimenez, who has monitored the program for several years, said the biggest factor may be that residents are taking shoveling more seriously.

“It definitely has increased awareness that shoveling your sidewalk is the neighborly thing to do,” Jimenez said.

Comments

Jon Heaver 10 months, 1 week ago

The sidewalks all along 19th street were still terrible, with the exception of the stretch next to Lawrence High. Luckily, the recent warm weather has taken care of the situation. Nevertheless, being someone who walks everywhere, I would have appreciated clear side walks.

Kevin Kohls 10 months, 1 week ago

You are so RIGHT! I walk from near the fairgrounds nearly all the way to campus and very little was cleared! I had to take to walking in the bike lanes most the way which is not safe. Plus, the ends of the sidewalks where the plows pushed the snow were giant piles so if you could walk on a clean sidewalk you had to mount those to get to the walks. I know the plows have to do their work...and in my opinion the streets were GREAT...but either homeowners need to shovel the ends or crews need to come back later to clear them. It was the same on Harper St which meant a lot of the kids headed to Kennedy Elem were having to go in the street to get around and back on the sidewalk.

Rick Masters 10 months, 1 week ago

Publish their addresses! Let the citizens know who is making it difficult for the walkers! The public has a right to know!!!

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