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Who Should Plow Lake Forest’s Sidewalks?

Right now, the city does. Should that duty switch to residents? The city is asking for resident input in a short online survey.

There’s been no shortage of snow to clear this winter, but the City of Lake Forest is wondering who should be responsible for that job on the city’s sidewalks?

Right now, city crews are responsible for plowing 94 miles of sidewalks whenever there is more than four inches of snow. In a normal winter, that would happen six to eight times. This winter, it’s already occurred 11 times, according to the city.

Lake Forest is asking residents for feedback on the sidewalk plowing program. There’s a short online survey that will be up until April 1.

Questions include whether residents want sidewalks cleared more or less quickly; whether they’d be willing to pay for a higher level of service; whether residents should be required to shovel in front of their homes; and whether the city should improve its sidewalk plowing in the central business district and near schools.

The results of the survey will be shared with the Public Works Committee next month and any recommendations the committee has for changes will be presented to the City Council.

Click here to take the survey.

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Dr. Terry March 04, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Of course the city wants us to shovel our sidewalks...and maybe that's a good thing.
Kristin Rol Gannon March 05, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Residents should shovel our own sidewalks. Frankly, we do already because I liked them cleared right away after the snow.
LJ Gibbs March 05, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Absolutely agree. Residents should shovel the sidewalks that span their property. If the walks aren't shoveled -- just like if your lawn isn't mowed -- you get fined. This is a great business opportunity for kids, landscapers, etc. just like the services for those who plow driveways.
PB KRAL March 05, 2014 at 08:38 AM
My husband always snow blows our sidewalks & goes all the way to one neighbor- who blows one way and we do the other way all the way to the corner. Yes, homeowners should be responsible for their sidewalks including trimming tree branches that hang low over the sidwalks.

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