If you look out your window I realize I’m stating the obvious but winter has officially begun and the City’s Public Service Director issued the following snow emergency alert at 10 am this morning:
This winter season residents and businesses are reminded to clear public sidewalks of snow and ice abutting their properties.”
If you happen to be driving on SR43 or SR59 you should hopefully notice cleaner than normal sidewalks — thanks to our new seasonal City employee who has been given the mission of using a small sidewalk snow blower to keep up with snow clearing along those busy sidewalks under a new pilot program that City Council authorized for a test run this year.
The City has also been working with Kent State University’s volunteer office and KSU is pleased to announce that they have lined up 4 volunteer (student and staff) groups to serve as the volunteer “sidewalk shovel brigade” for seniors or disabled Kent residents who need some help meeting the City’s sidewalk shoveling requirements.
Mother Nature provided the snow, KSU has rallied volunteers, and the City has issued shovels and safety vests — all we need now are the names and addresses of people who need help shoveling. If you have someone in mind, give the City’s Community Development Office a call (330)678-8108 to get an application form. You can download the application form here.
The shoveling brigade is looking for residents that for physical and financial reasons just can’t take care of their sidewalk shoveling duties. There’s a quick form to apply for help and as long as the resident meets the physical and financial criteria they’re welcomed in, and the volunteers will take it from there.
We have contacted the local churches to let them know that this volunteer service is available for any members of their congregation who need some help this winter.
Lastly, City Council had some yard signs made as friendly reminders for neighbors to remind neighbors to keep their sidewalks shoveled. We still have a few extra signs and you’re welcome to call and get a couple to put in your yard if you think it will help inspire others to follow your shoveling lead.