MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

City council has first reading on snow removal rules change in Wheeling

Preparation for winter is underway in Wheeling. City council is talking about changing the snow removal rules. The issue became a concern after last year's winter.

Preparation for winter is underway in Wheeling.

City council is talking about changing the snow removal rules. The issue became a concern after last year's winter.

City leaders say it would only affect business owners that aren't cleaning their walkways when there is ice or snow.

On Tuesday, a first reading was held concerning the snow removal law.

Right now, the penalty violating the current rule is a $500 fine, but the city is not granted the authority to then clean the sidewalk.

The new rule would give property owners 24 hours to remove the snow or ice after it accumulates.

If the property owner fails to comply, city workers would clear walkways, and a bill would be sent to the property owner.

Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott says he has noticed the problem the last few years while living in downtown Wheeling.

"About one-third of the building owners just don't clear the snow after a storm, and it creates a hazardous situation,” Elliott said. “We have elderly folks and others disabled, some using wheelchairs or Hoverounds, and they then can't get around. It also sends a message we aren't open for business when it snows, and that's just not true.”

The city would also add 6 percent interest, per year, if the bill is not paid.

There will still need to be another reading and then city council would vote on the matter.

Trending