School board member Bob Duell noted that in many cases he has heard of recently where sidewalks were not getting cleared regularly, it often had to do with rental properties where the renters may not be adequately prepared for or capable of clearing a large-scale snowfall.
“It seems to me that we should be putting some pressure on owners in serious cases,” Duell said, “that maybe they could do it when it’s more than 8, 10, 12 inches or something like that.”
Kauffman in responding to Duell’s suggestion noted that without an ordinance in place, there really isn’t anything the city can do to enforce such a degree.
“Other than pleading with them to do it, or pear pressure, we don’t have anything to enforce it,” Kauffman said.
One possible solution suggested by board member Cathie Cripe involved the creation or utilization of a clearing house-type system, where individuals unwilling or unable to clear their own sidewalks could call in and pay for someone to do it for them.
Longtime council member Everett Thomas wasn’t convinced, however, adding that he doesn’t see anything other than an enforceable ordinance working to get the sidewalks cleared in a timely fashion.
No clear decisions were made Tuesday night on exactly what should be done about the sidewalk issue.