ALDERMAN SAWYER PROPOSES OVERHAUL TO CITY SNOW
RESPONSE Five-point plan would increase efficiency, convenience for City
Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer released the
following statement in response to the continued widespread issues that face the
city after every severe snow storm:
“This time of year, snowstorms can be fun
political fodder for candidates. But political games aside, at the core of the
issue is that we as a city must come up with a plan for more effectively dealing
with major snowstorms.
“This is not about any particular administration
or elected official--it is about addressing Chicago’s real challenges on these
“The City’s past attempts to avoid
inconveniencing citizens have resulted in higher costs to the city and
homeowners and extended periods of frustration.
“As such, I’m recommending a 5-step revised
approach to snow removal in the 6th Ward and city-wide.
1. When a storm is predicted for over 10 inches
of snow in the neighborhoods, the City of Chicago can declare a catastrophic
2. In the case of a catastrophic snow event, all
drivers should be advised that until the end of the day following the first 24
hours of the storm, they may not park on the west or north sides of residential
3. On the following day, cars may not be parked
on the east or south sides of residential streets.
4. The City of Chicago is barred from placing a
boot on any car during the period of a catastrophic snow event.
5. Cars that have not moved by the designated
time will be relocated by the city of Chicago in the same manner as when there
is a street emergency.
“By following this plan, residents and homeowner
associations will know they can plan to dig out just once from a snowstorm, and
City plows and trucks can fully clear streets without having to navigate around
“This plan resolves the issue of drivers who
have to dig out their cars multiple times from the same storm due to snow plows
creating snow ridges on top of their vehicle.
“This plan should dramatically increase the
efficiency and lower the cost of snow removal.
“The only real loser in this situation will be
the concept of ‘Dibs.’”
Ald. Sawyer is available for interviews on this
snow plan. Please contact Brian Sleet (773) 458-8019.