Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

January 2, 2014

READER POINT OF VIEW: Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman

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Some people feel that just because the City cooperated with Goshen Community Schools to build sidewalks in expanded walk zones to schools that we should also shovel them. But why should those areas get this extra service when most other sidewalks aren’t cleared by the City? Some have even suggested the City should clear all sidewalks, since they are considered public rights-of-way. Imagine how many employees that would require. Where would the money come from to hire them? And how could we ever clear all sidewalks in time for kids to walk to school?

Here are some suggestions:

• Peer pressure works. If there is a rental property near you where snow isn’t shoveled, call the landlord and complain. If you don’t know who owns the property, you can get contact information from the Goshen Building Department at 534-1811.

• The Window has some volunteers (free lunch patrons or others) who will shovel walks for those who can’t do it themselves. As property owners can afford, donations may be given to The Window to help fund their programs: 533-9680.

• Neighborhood associations can get volunteers to help others in the neighborhood who need it.

• Goshen Community Schools can mount a marketing effort, sending notes home with students and distributing flyers door-to-door in neighborhoods where students walk, stressing the importance of clearing sidewalks.

• Make sure your kids have snow boots. There will always be times and places where they are walking in snow or slush. Flip flops and tennis shoes are not adequate. They didn’t keep feet dry and warm when I was a kid walking to school in snow, and they still don’t.

Goshen is known for having many people working together for common good. It seems to me that the problem of snow-covered sidewalks is one that could be overcome with community-wide cooperation. An ordinance shouldn’t be necessary.

Allan Kauffman has been mayor of Goshen since 1997.

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