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Moore makes appeal for sidewalk shoveling

Despite the build-up of plenty of snow, mayor asks people to adhere to city ordinance.

Posted on Feb. 5, 2014 at 6:09 p.m.

ELKHART — Mayor Dick Moore is asking city residents to pick up the pace in clearing sidewalks of snow in the midst of heavy snowfall this winter.

The city has an ordinance requiring homeowners and occupants of apartments and homes to clear snow from city sidewalks along their properties.

“The city is not tooled up to do all of the many miles of sidewalk in our community. We must have help. The city recognizes the job is not easy and ask that it is undertaken with care. But we must get it done and that will require the assistance of our residents,” Moore said.

Moore said in the press statement that the city had suspended writing citations for sidewalk violations, but didn’t mention a date when that might end. He said officials will wait to see how residents respond to his request before deciding whether to begin citing people for violations.

But he added, “There will come a time when those that have not removed the snow are simply not going to and enforcement will be the action taken.”

Moore noted that, “It is not just the law, it is the right thing to do.”

The city policy makes exceptions for elderly and disabled and works to remove snow on sidewalks of residents who are registered with the city.


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