Of 195 properties that were given warnings Tuesday, city officials say 24 now have been ticketed and will end up having liens imposed for the average $190 cost of having a city contractor clean up their walkways.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the initial warning notice was pretty effective. When inspectors went back to issue violation notices on Wednesday, only 56 properties hadn’t been cleaned up. And the formal violation notices led to action by more than half the rest.

Bobkiewicz says residents who are unable to do their own shoveling are continuing to call the city’s 311 service to ask for volunteers to help out. The count of requests for help was up to 110 by late Thursday afternoon. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Snow Removal Ain’t Cheap!
    Wow…$190 to clear the walks? I would think just about any landscaping company (that does snow removal) would charge about half that or less.

    1. Is that all ?
      Even Friday morning I could count more than 24 in a block. E.g. Orrington from Colfax to Foster.
      If the city had posted warnings sometime on Monday and fined on Tuesday, that would be one thing but to not issue fines until Thursday makes no sense—no one was suppose to fall or be blocked until Thursday ?

      1. Orrington is one of the worst
        streets for sidewalk snow removal in all of Evanston. For years there have been large number of homeowners who just don’t bother to clear snow (at least from the sidewalks, their driveways are frequently clear). I hope the city is being equitable in their warnings and ticketing and sees to it that the homeowners in the most affluent areas of town also are impacted by this policy.

  2. Park Snow Shoveling
    As of 8 AM City still hasn’t done Sargent or Reba Parks or uncovered the Fire Hydrants they buried

  3. Snow removal ticketing

    I am 82 years old and have lived in my house for over 50 years.

    I am thankfully dependant on the wonderful volunteers on the Levy Center list.

    I do not call 311 because of this.

    Because they are volunteers, they often come at night after work or at the time that fits their schedules.

    It took 3 sets of volunteers to do my front to the street; back to the alley and across to the neighboring properties.

    The last was done Thursday night after Sunday's storm.

    I doubt  that I am  the only Evanston resident in the same situation.

  4. Alerting the City re scofflaws

    I am glad that the city is holding more people to account for snow removal.  I also recognize that Evanston is a small, but very dense place. 

    Is there a way to alert the city about lack of snow removal?  I never thought I would be come a tattletale but…

    Almost all my neighbors are responisible.  A few appear to be out of town.  But there is one….who engages in partial clearance.  In front of their house, but not the sidewalk for their sideyard.   It galls me every time I must cross the street to avoid their walk.  Which is on the route to Nichols.

    1. See, Click, Fix

      Evanston, like Chicago, is tied into an app called See, Click, Fix. So far all I've seen is reports of potholes, graffiti, traffic lights out, etc. etc.  It does have building violations but I doubt it covers anything like snow removal on a personal property.

      It would be interesting to see if users posted pics/reported snow-covered hydrants or unplowed streets well after a storm whether they'd get a response. If I recall, someone living on Isabella complained several times on this forum about their street not being plowed.  This could be a "Heads Up!" to the city which may have forgotten that street.

      OTOH, I'd be uncomfortable with an app which could report individual (not business) scofflaws.

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