Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hear Hear, The Sidewalks Are Clear!

I ran five miles yesterday morning for the first time in weeks now that our sidewalks are finally clear of snow, slush and ice.  Thank goodness the temps warmed just in time to cool my cabin fever and get me back outside.

Truth be told, I was surprised that our sidewalks had been so treacherous for runners, walkers, seniors and moms-with-strollers for such a long time.  Granted, some folks are simply unable to get out and shovel and that's where a neighborly eye comes in handy.  I have more than once shoveled my neighbor's walk, not only because she's not as spry as I am but because I'm happy to do it for her -- her smile and ceaseless optimism make it a pleasure to lend a hand.  What I find harder to understand are folks who give their walk a cursory shovel and still leave a ton o'snow behind!  Note to slacker shovelers:  this lumpy snow turns to bumpy ice and is a serious hazard.  It also begs the question: is this why so many kids are driven to school in the winter, because it's too treacherous to walk a few blocks?

It's only mid-January so we're likely to get a few more significant snowfalls before springtime.  If we do our collective best on shoveling, maybe we'll minimize the number of sprained wrists and twisted ankles in the community.  The ER workers at St. Clair Hospital will surely thank us!

2 comments:

  1. I'm with you, Elaine! I was so excited to run outside Friday morning and was shocked by the condition of some of our sidewalks. Rocklynn, Shady Drive West (??? Police Station side), and Castle Shannon Blvd were awful in sections. Shame on you, people! I'm a single working mother and I managed to find the time to clear my walks. Let's hope the next snowfall will have residents more diligently clearing their walks!

    ~Tina Saucier

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  2. The following info is directly off of the Mt. Lebanon site. Technically we are all required to shovel our sidewalks.

    Snow Removal
    Oversight
    Following a snowfall, Mt. Lebanon residents, property owners and businesses are reminded that snow and ice must be removed from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after the end of the snowfall so they will be clear and safe for pedestrian traffic. If snow continues to fall, the sidewalks must be cleared and kept open for passage.

    Blowing or dumping snow into the street is a violation of the municipal code. Violating homeowners are liable in case of an accident. Public works offers this hint regarding driveway snow:

    Stand facing your house and shovel snow to the left of your driveway.
    This prevents the snowplow from returning your freshly shoveled snow to your driveway.

    If you would like to report an unshoveled sidewalk, please call the police department at (412) 531-5300.

    Ron Bishop Lawn Service
    Sidewalk snow removal service is available to residents through the contractor who performs the service for the municipality. Price for services is $1.887 per lineal foot, with a $46.81 minimum. Contact Ron Bishop Lawn Service at (412) 279-8479.

    High School Volunteers
    If you are elderly or invalid and cannot shovel or afford to hire someone to help you, the high school chore corps may be able to provide a volunteer if one is available from your neighborhood. Don't wait until it snows. Call the High School Community Service Coordinator at (412) 344-2114. Remember, residential sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours of a snowfall.

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