Ald. Joe Moore of the 49th Ward today released the following updates on this weekend’s snow.
“The National Weather Service reports a Lakefront Flood Advisory, remains in effect until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. Strong onshore winds are expected to produce waves of seven to ten feet, which will drive up already-above-average lake levels.
You can track the Streets & San snow plows as they move through the city in real time by clicking here.
City ordinance requires homeowners and business owners to shovel the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after a snowfall ends. Not only is it the neighborly thing to do, but failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $500. For more information on the City’s snow removal requirements for sidewalks, click here.”
I’m disappointed but not surprised that nobody from Silverstein’s office was assigned to monitor the storm or provide updated information to residents.
City snowplows are concerned only with plowing the streets and end up blocking intersections and bus stops with piles of snow, making it nearly impossible for pedestrians to safely cross streets or access buses. Seniors and those with disabilities are often unable to shovel their sidewalks.
During her eight years in office, Ald. Silverstein has never organized a volunteer snow removal corps for the 50th ward. The SSA collects taxes to pay for snow removal on Devon’s sidewalks and sidewalks on Western from Arthur to Granville; it did not do an adequate job with the previous snowfall, and never shovels intersections or bus stops.
Any help that you can give to shovel a sidewalk or unblock a bus stop or intersection would be greatly appreciated by your neighbors. I’ll be out tomorrow shoveling intersections, bus stops, and alley crossings, too. There’s more snow due on Tuesday.
Personally, I prefer Hollywood snow. It falls gently, looks great, and disappears on its own.