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Snowy Neighborhood Sidewalks Could Lead to Fines

A Bloomington ordinance states residents must remove snow or ice accumulation from their sidewalks within 24 hours, or they could be subject to a fine.

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    Snow covered buildings on the corner of Bloomington's 7th and College.

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    Bloomington's Court House Roof draped in snow.

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    Cool soup on a statue outside The Shower's Building.

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    Plowing snow off the parking lot in front of the Shower's Building.

Bloomington received about three inches of snow between last night and early this morning. But city crews weren’t the only people out today clearing roads. Fearing a possible fine, residents of Monroe County spent portions of the day shoveling snow.

Lisa Abbott, Director of the Housing and Neighborhood Development said it’s important for people who have accessibility issues to have a safe and clear space to walk. “It’s important to keep the sidewalk clean. Kids are going to school or people who might not use automobiles as their main source of transportation need to feel comfortable walking on the sidewalks.”

Bloomington city ordinance states residents must remove snow or ice accumulation from their sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a storm. If after a day the sidewalk is still snowy, a compliance officer could issue a $50.00 fine.

Bloomington street crews have more than 20 trucks out today distributing salt and plowing side streets, but Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan said the limited staff can only work so long. “The biggest impediment that we face is duration of the storm, and if it goes beyond 17 hours that’s when we start to have some problems.”

With a second salt dome and four new trucks to assist with the efficiency of salt distribution, Kruzan said the city is prepared for the winter. “We have back up crews throughout our utilities department and our fleet maintenance staff, so we are prepared with a backup crew for the street department drivers who may need some rest time,” said Kruzan.

Commercial property owners are also responsible for clearing transition ramps to the street so that people can get through safely.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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