View from the front lines
Out on the streets every day, Property Maintenance Inspector Terry Hanes has lots of praise for all the folks making efforts to keep their sidewalks clear that are sometimes almost heroic. That said, he’s not happy about a lot of things he’s been seeing.
“People don’t seem to understand that it can’t be helped that the handicap ramps at intersections get covered with more snow whenever the city plows,” Hanes said. “They’ll shovel up to the intersection and then they’ll stop. It’s still their responsibility, if their sidewalk goes out to the street, to make sure to shovel it right out there.”
When the ramps aren’t shoveled, crossing at intersections isn’t easy for anyone, Hanes stressed. “People in electric carts can’t get through. People with canes — I can’t imagine. I saw a guy out there the other day who had one arm in a sling and he was walking with a cane. I thought, ‘Oh my. There’s an accident waiting to happen.’ ”
After posting 100 properties for violations already this season, “we’re going to pay special attention during the next snowfall,” Hanes said. “Any of those people who didn’t respond the first time, they’re not going to be cut any slack.”
Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at email@example.com.