Tunney Seeks Crackdown On Failure To Shovel Snow

UPDATED 10/27/11 8:59 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Failing to shovel your walkway this winter could be a costly mistake.

As CBS 2’s David Morrison reports, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) says he wants the city to issue a warning notice, followed by a ticket, to any homeowners who let the snow pile up, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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Tunney had been watching the Department of Streets and Sanitation showcase its Blackberry-based mobile electronic ticketing feature, and asked if it could be used for a crackdown on those who don’t shovel their walks, the Sun-Times reported.

The Blackberries with the technology are in the hands of Streets and Sanitation ward superintendents.

He suggested the technology could be used to take pictures of snow that has not been shoveled, as grounds to issue a ticket.

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne told Tunney the technology could be used for that purpose, the Sun-Times reported.

Homeowners and businesses are already required by law to keep their walks clear of snow, but the law is rarely enforced, the newspaper reported.

Fines would range from $50 to $100.

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said she believes only businesses should be targeted by the crackdown, since some homeowners are not able to shovel their walks.

  • lon

    there are senior citizens that live alone that cannot shovel their snow. iwonder if tunney shovels his own snow and if he could find better things to tackle than snow shoveling. what about conditions that plague yours and others wards that need a lot more attention than snow removal.? the city should then find out who cannot shovel the snow due to being elderly or disabled and provide that service and send tunney the bill.

  • trishd d

    You are kidding? How about streets and san using their time to complete all the torn up streets in this city? and how about the streets and san using thier time to clear the streets of snow more effeciently instead of using their blackberry’s? how about filling the huge holes and samll sink holes that cars hit everyday like the one on peterson at lincoln? the cone and the horse have now disappeared into it. Who shovels the aldermans home? hmmmm! because this city is bleeding everone dry by taxing and tickets, who and how will these tickets get paid?

  • pnovakowski

    Will Tunney include the park district that does not always quickly clean sidewalks. I could barely walk the dog around the park last winter. When I called the city they said the park district was responsible, when I called the Park District was told the city was responsible. Usual “passing the buck”

  • CFLC

    This is a lot about nothing. We can’t get tickets written for people running stop signs in the neighborhoos. Who’s going to write the ticket for not shoveling your snow?

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