Some of Evanston’s more inconsiderate residents haven’t done anything yet to clear their sidewalks from the six-inch snowfall that hit the city Sunday morning.
A city ordinance requires that walks be shoveled when there’s a snowfall of four inches or more.
And that message seems to have gotten through to some people who didn’t bother to shovel their walks after smaller snowfalls earlier in the month.
A walk around a neighborhood near downtown this morning found more sidewalks shoveled than had been the case with those earlier storms.
One walk shoveled — but lots of luck at the next house on the block.
Another city ordinance provision purports to require that sidewalks be kept clear of any snow.
But that provision requires building inspectors to provide notice of the violation and an opportunity to fix it before a violator can be taken to administrative adjudication where they’d face a $75 fine.
From the continuing city-wide non-compliance, it would appear that whatever effort city workers make to enforce the regulation does not have much effect in preventing recurring violations.
Discussion question: What should be done about people who fail to shovel their sidewalks?
Update 1:40 p.m.: The city is looking for people willing to help shovel sidewalks for the disabled and elderly who can’t shovel themselves. To help out, call the city’s volunteer coordinator, Shanee Jackson, at 847-448-8266 or e-mail at email@example.com.