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City to crackdown on unshoveled sidewalks

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The snow has stopped, for now, but it's piling up on some Toledo sidewalks.  While city leaders say they understand we've almost broken to all time snow record, businesses and residents still have a responsibility to make sure the walks are clear.

"It's for the safety of the public," Edwin Hernandez, of Toledo said.

Edwin and his wife Jennifer get around town on their own two feet.

But for the last month or so, it's been tough because many sidewalks in the city are still covered with ice and snow.

"Everywhere I go, I see businesses not even doing their jobs," Edwin said.  "Even some homeowners, they don't clean their sidewalks."

Toledo's Municipal Code states owners of residential, industrial and commercial properties must clear sidewalks of debris, including snow, or face a possible fine.

For the Hernandezs, it's a matter of safety.

"We have no choice but to be walking in the street.  They're putting peoples life at risk," he said.

There are many sidewalks in the area that have yet to be cleared, but now the city is cracking down starting Tuesday.

Toledo leaders will focus on primary streets where there are TARTA bus routes and being taking action.

"I think they should get to it right when it happens," Jennifer Hernandez said.

Potholes are also a concern when the sidewalks aren't clear, especially as drivers try to avoid them.

Jennifer says, "we have to keep looking back and keep looking to the side because they swerve.  It's dangerous."

And with old man winter holding on tight, the Hernandezs hope area businesses will take notice.

"That's how people get hit and wind up in the hospital or wind up dead," Edwin said.

The city couldn't give 13abc an exact number of how many citations have been issued this winter.

 

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