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City of Toledo levies zero fines for sidewalks not shoveled

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The 13abc I-Team has received lots of complaints this winter about people not shoveling sidewalks, especially in the city of Toledo.  People were warned they could face a fine for not shoveling.  But the I-Team has learned that the fines never happened.

No fines were issued this winter even though people all over Toledo called 13abc to complain about sidewalks not being shoveled.  We even caught up with city of Toledo crews as they went out and inspected sidewalks that were not shoveled.

According to city officials, you have 24 hours after a snow storm to clear your sidewalk or face a $75 fine.  We heard from countless people all over Toledo that well after 24 hours there were sidewalks that were still snow covered.  But no fines were issued all winter long. 

A city of Toledo spokeswoman told 13abc Friday that the city has a history of little or no enforcement when it comes to shoveling.   Code enforcers did spot checking, and issued warning letters.

As to why no fines, city spokesperson Lisa Ward said:  "The mayor felt given the historic nature of the snow and cold weather that we would focus on warnings and public information efforts instead of punitive ones."

13abc obtained a list of all the addresses that received warnings.  There are 342 properties that received warnings.  If all these home and business owners did receive and pay the fines, the city could have made just under $26,000. 

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