Special to The Gardner News
Twenty-six residents attended an Edgerton City Council public work session on March 20. They voiced their concerns about snow removal policies in the city.
In a sometimes heated discussion, residents commented about snow plowing procedures. They also had strong words about the door hangers, placed on homes following recent winter storms. The door hangers warned that snow and ice needed to be removed from sidewalks
Edgerton’s snow removal ordinance, which has been on the books since the mid-1980s, requires that residents remove snow and ice from sidewalks within 12 hours of a snow event. Those who did not clear their walks would be subject to a fine or the cost of the city removing the snow and ice. The ordinance has never been strictly enforced, but city officials recently decided to place door hangers to educate and inform residents about the snow removal ordinance. Officials did not intend to enforce the ordinance when they hung the door hangers.
However, many residents percieved the door hangers as a threat. The City Council, at a Feb. 27 meeting, had ordered the door hangers be distributed after the next snow event.
The main issue, according to city officials and many residents, is the safety of children walking to and from school and being able to get to the school bus stops safely.
Many residents complained that city snow plow crews travel too fast and cover up the sidewalks and driveways after they have been cleared. The plows also throw snow up against homes, some residents told council members. Also, several said city staff doesn’t adequately clean the sidewalks for which they are responsible.
A few residents in attendance at the work session are in favor of enforcing the ordinance. Those who spoke in favor of enforcing the ordinance said people should fulfill their responsibility as citizens and clear the snow and ice off their sidewalks.
Some suggested that the city should compile a list of people willing to assist the elderly and disabled in snow removal.
Council members did not take action on the issue. The work session was specifically designed to hear resident opinions on the topic.
Beth Linn, City Administrator, said the city is investigating several options and additional information to allow the governing body to make an informed and steadfast decision about snow removal. She said she hopes to have this information by the March 27 City Council meeting, or no later than the April 10 council meeting.
Citizens voice snow removal issues at work session