GOSHEN — The topic of snow removal on city sidewalks took center stage during a special joint meeting of the Goshen City Council and Goshen Board of School Trustees Tuesday evening.
While the number of topics discussed at Tuesday night’s meeting included everything from updates on proposed city infrastructure projects to the success of the school corporation’s recently implemented reading camps, perhaps the issue that struck the most cords during the nearly two hour meeting was that of what should be done about the persistent problem of uncleared sidewalks within the city’s limits.
The discussion of uncleared sidewalks has been a particularly hot topic this year, especially when considering the recent need by Goshen Community Schools to expand its student walk zones due to a major reduction in its transportation budget resulting from the state’s property tax caps.
For his part, Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman said that while he would much rather the residents and businesses within the city’s limits choose to do the right thing and keep their sidewalks cleared for the kids, in the long run, it very well may take something with a little more teeth to get the job done.
“I hope we don’t have to get to a point of a snow shoveling ordinance, but every time we have a snow like we had recently, there are calls for a snow shoveling ordinance,” Kauffman said. “And once those calls build to a critical mass, people start to listen. And I’ve said, if it gets to the point where the council supports a snow shoveling ordinance, I’d probably sign it. But I’m not looking forward to that day, and I’m hoping that we can get better cooperation from residents, property owners and landlords than we currently have.”