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Snow ordinance enforcement has some holes

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:03 a.m. CDT

From Jim Stalker

Creston

It’s nice to have an ordinance for snow removal but we all know there are holes in this one. $175 will be tough to come up with for some folks. It’s a nice gesture to use “common sense” to help home dwellers find alternate people to help remove the snow. Sounds good on paper.

And, what about all those snowbirds who aren’t back from a winter in the warm states? Sure, we already knew about the snow ordinance but it hasn’t been enforced for years.

Lazy? Of course we are. It’s tough to follow a law that isn’t enforced on a regular basis.

How will all the realtors deal with it? Shouldn’t someone clean the walks of houses they’ve listed but the owners have moved to another town or state? One might think it’s the realtor’s obligation.

And what about those sidewalks that only an empty lot occupies it? How will the city locate those owners, and who will deal with foreclosed upon properties? Will the banks and other financial institutions, who are now the owners have to be billed or do the actual work? Likely, only the people living in the houses of the sidewalks affected, will be billed. $175 per might be a reasonable cost to prosecute, given the problems to do so.

Thinking outside the box, this ordinance, as well as other ordinances, could be the new cash cow for Creston. Like the traffic cameras have become for the cities as a source of revenue, we could collect enough funding from ordinance abuse to buy a new dump truck or a fire truck, or road grader, without using taxes to do so.

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