This past December was a good reminder that we really do live in an area that gets snow ! Yes, here in Wisconsin, Mother Nature has been known to make life miserable by dropping a whole lot of wet sloppy snow, and then freezing it all into frozen slush.
On December 20th I wrote a posting to this blog noting that the merchants on Capitol Drive were still hampered by the mounds of snow and ice piled up at the curb. Shorewood had cleared the mounds along North Oakland Avenue, but hadn't gotten to Capitol Drive. In previous postings, I had noted that crosswalks in the business district remained treacherous and needed clearing.
On December 22nd, Tim Fotjik noted in his blog that it appeared that the Village was clearing snow for St Roberts from their lot.
Following up with Tim, he never heard from anyone as to why, or who paid for it.
Doing an Open Records request, I found out that YES, Shorewood did clean the lot at St Roberts at No Charge !
In fairness to those who are sometimes put on the spot to make a controversial decision, there was a safety element involved in the decision to clear St Roberts lot. I think though, that Village Officials should bill St Roberts for at least the labor costs and nominal equipment costs involved. And that if this is to be a policy, it should be extended on an impartial basis to other private property owners.
The Village Board also needs to recognize that snow and ice removal in the Business District is a priority, not only for the business owners to be able to engage in commerce, but also for the safety and welfare of the pedestrians. Shorewood cannot be a "Walkable" community only in Good Weather !
We have seen in the past year that this current Village Board (which will also be the next Village Board due to no new candidates) has had no qualms about spending large sums of money on questionable projects.
Millions of dollars are going to a Streetscaping that is only about 10 years old. And the Village Board Members voted to spend about Half a Million Dollar$ for plastic grass on the High School Field !
It is time that this Board gives the proper resources to the DPW to make Shorewood safe for its pedestrians in winter --- and for businesses to be accessible to their customers.
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