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Chicago Gets Tough On Snow Shoveling, Fines Increased and Time Limits Set

On Monday, a Chicago City Council committee decided to clarify language used to deal with local residents who decide they will not clear snow from sidewalks on their properties this winter. They have increased fines from $50 to a range of $50-$500 and have set time limits in which to remove the snow.

The maximum fine of $500 is meant for repeat offenders who refuse to clear the sidewalks. However, the language also includes a time limit in which to remove the snow, which made some aldermen uneasy. If snow falls during the daytime, it must be removed by 10 p.m. If snow falls overnight, it must be cleared by 10 a.m. Also, the fines for obstructing the public way with shoveled or plowed snow increased from $25-$100 to $50-$500.

Though approved by the City Council’s Budget Committee on Monday, the language still needs to clear the full City Council on Wednesday. During that meeting, the council will vote on the fine increases as well as others issues, including Chicago’s largest property tax increase in recent history.

Budget Director Alexandra Holt said, “intent is not to change the procedure but really intended to address the people who don’t ever clear the snow from a sidewalk.” At a time when Chicago is looking for additional ways to bring in additional revenue, the fine increases could net some serious cash flow.

However, many Edgewater residents feel that there has been a lack of enforcement in the past as many properties remained unshoveled throughout the entire season. If approved, the new fines and time restrictions would begin this winter.

Sources: DNAinfo

 

 

 

 


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