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Snow-Covered Sidewalks: Have Naperville Residents Kept Sidewalks Clear This Winter?

With a fresh coat of snow on the ground Wednesday morning, tell us in the comments section, do you think Naperville residents have done a good job of keeping sidewalks clear this winter?

Do you think Naperville residents have done a good job so far this winter of clearing snow off their sidewalks?

Under Naperville's municipal code, clearing sidewalks of snow is the responsibility of residents and/or property owners. Not keeping sidewalks clear is a city code violation.

Keeping sidewalks clear is meant for the safety of pedestrians and children walking to school. 

"This will help to avoid creating dangerously slippery conditions for both motorists and pedestrians," according to the city of Naperville municipal code. "State law protects property owners from any added liability if they shovel their sidewalks." 

The issue of keeping sidewalks clear of snow has been a matter of discussion in the northern suburb of Libertyville

Public Works Director John Heinz said he wants a better way to handle the complaints he gets about residents who aren’t clearing their walks, according to an article in TribLocal. In Barrington, where he used to work, Heinz said the village would hire someone to clear unshoveled sidewalks and then send a bill to the resident.

Trustee Donna Johnson said she’d prefer to send a reminder letter to delinquent shovelers and work on the honor system, or perhaps enlist volunteers like the Boy Scouts to help, according to the article.

You can read the full TribLocal article here.

With a fresh coat of snow on the ground Wednesday morning, tell us in the comments section, do you think Naperville residents have done a good job of keeping sidewalks clear this winter? Has snow piled up on sidewalks in parts of your neighborhood? Do you think more needs to be done in Naperville to keep sidewalks clear of snow? 

Marty Spielman March 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM
I've found the best shovel to be that gigantic ball of fire in the sky.
ellabellast March 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM
Unfortunately not. As the owner of an active dog who needs long walks daily, I see who shovels and who doesn't. When the walks aren't shoveled, we are forced to walk in the street and dodge cars. Living in the West Highlands neighborhood where the sidewalks are adjacent to the street, it can be difficult to clear them after the plow comes through and puts all of the street snow onto the sidewalks. However, all those able-bodied citizens should be ashamed of themselves when the 70+ year old widow on our street can keeps hers cleared.
Amanda Wittenborn March 13, 2014 at 01:42 PM
nope, the walk to school has been dangerous and slippery this whole winter. It is extra hard with an energetic preschooler who likes to run, and being pregnant its scary to think I could take a bad fall just walking to get my son from school each day. People need to clear their sidewalks!
Bob Fischer March 13, 2014 at 04:23 PM
I would be happy to keep my sidewalk clear - unfortunately it is the recipient of a growing mound of snow and slush pushed across the parkway by the plows clearing the cul de sac. The plow driver has been equal opportunity, though - each of us at the end of the court have snow mountains all our own

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