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Two dozen ticketed for failing to shovel

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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. 

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