Greatly appreciated are the numerous articles posted in The Spokesman-Review regarding snow removal issues during our past winter. The city of Spokane has continued dragging along looking for answers for years. Currently, the city has posted an online survey. Hopefully with the results, solving issues can be created.
Focus on accessibility, our population is not only growing older, but more people are becoming disabled. Not being able to shovel or use sidewalks hinders their mobility. City Ordinance 12.02.010 emphasizes owners and occupants of premises shall keep sidewalk areas adjacent to any portion of the real property (including corners) free and clear of snow and/or accumulations of snow or ice.
But the city should be given its own obligation as people were seen walking along dangerous streets as the snow berms blocked the sidewalks. Handicapped parking stalls and aisles have been dumped with snow piles for no utmost reason. Sidewalks at city parks and parkways were not shoveled either.
Hello, spring! Hopefully at the end of the year, our City Hall officers and citizens and neighbors will together become mobilized in resolving for much needed accessibility improvements.
Larry Gorton and Access 4 All Spokane