City officials say they’ve handed out about 60 warning notices to property owners who failed to clear their sidewalks after this week’s snow storm.

Property Standard Inspection Supervisor Jeff Murphy says typically about a quarter to a third of those who get the notices posted on their buildings fail to respond within 24 hours and are issued tickets.

Mr. Murphy said he and four other inspectors posted notices starting on Thursday and by Friday were preparing tickets for the violators who hadn’t cleaned up.

He said a lot of the problems he observed were along Howard Street, including at the shopping center just east of McCormick Boulevard and at the Dairy Queen just west of Ridge Avenue.

He said the inspectors put their greatest emphasis on commercial properties and multi-family residential buildings. He added that the city’s Human Relations Department has a program to help match elderly residents who may have difficulty shoveling their own walks with volunteers willing to help them out.

Penalties for failing to clear walks after a snow storm start at a $75 fine, with higher penalties for repeat offenses.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Many snow slackers have other issues
    I’ve noticed that in the Brummel Park area, many of the stretches of unshoveled walk are in front of chronic problem buildings which have had numerous other issues that affect the well-being of the neighborhood. They’re the same buildings that appear time and again on crime reports, that have weed-filled unmowed yards, and broken front doors. I wish there was a way to make these owners take notice of their effect on the community, as fines alone do not seem to be sufficient!

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