|BG director defends contractor sidewalk cleanup on Dec. 31|
|Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor|
|Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:21|
Bowling Green's Director of Public Works says sidewalk cleaning ordered by the city Dec. 31 was well within the city's guidelines.
Brian Craft said that the firm contracted by the city cleaned 24 walks as a result of a three-hour patrol conducted by the city's code enforcement officer the morning of Dec. 31.
There were 60 addresses on the officer's list.
Craft said the other 36 walks had apparently been cleaned by the time the contractor arrived.
"The snow remained from the Friday night-Saturday morning (Dec. 28-29) storm that left about four inches. The storm was over by late Saturday morning," he said.
Under the city's policy, property owners have 24 hours after the storm to clear the walks.
The city waited until the morning of Dec. 31 to check for problems.
Walks were cleaned on Clough, South Summit, East Wooster and North and South Main streets, Craft said.
"We try to focus on the more heavily traveled streets and those around schools," he said.
It was the first time since the 2010-11 snow season the city has used a contractor to clear unshoveled walks.
"We never had to send out code enforcement last winter," Craft said.
He said the contractor charges the city $31 per hour (minimum charge) and the city adds a $19 per hour administrative fee.
That fee helps to cover the time of the code enforcement officer, staff time for billing and collection.
If bills are not paid in a specified time the unpaid amounts are certified by city council to be billed as part of the real estate tax duplicate.
"I get calls from people when they think we are not enforcing the law and calls from people upset that we are enforcing the law," Craft said.
The city's snow removal policy can be found online at http://www.bgohio.org/departments/planning-department.
Information about snow removal and a link to download the snow removal brochure is near the top of the page.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 10:40|
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