DISCLAIMER: The GUARDIAN has been off in Florida fishing with grandson in the gulf and apologizes for the lack of good stories the past 10 days.
Unprecedented cold weather combined with wet snow has created a virtual obstacle course for Boise pedestrians and when the spokesman for Team Dave was featured on the TV news advising folks it’s the law to keep sidewalks adjacent to their property cleared of snow he got an icy response from GUARDIAN readers.
We received numerous complaints about sidewalks adjacent to city parks not being cleared of snow. Americana Blvd. next to Ann Morrison was cited by one reader, the green belt between Capitol and Broadway was apparently never cleared of snow either.
Areas around the schools were another hot topic among readers who contacted us, citing rough going near Timberline High and Horizon Elementary among others.
So the GUARDIAN sprang into action!! We talked to the top dogs at Boise Parks. They said crews are already scheduled to get started on today’s storm at 4 a.m. Turns out Boise State has the duty to clear the green belt through the campus and the Parks boss promised to remind the university of its duty. Director Doug Holloway said, “We pay people to clear the sidewalks–that’s our job. If there is a spot we miss that needs attention, give us a call (384-4240)”.
At Boise School District we talked to top administrators who were not quite as eager to commit to clearing the sidewalks, but said they do the best the can with the resources available, etc. The administrator advised folks to contact their local principal if they see trouble spots that need snow removal. From another source we heard of at least one elementary school principal who should be up for promotion.
His solution? SNOW SHOVELS. What a novel idea! Use some petty cash for snow shovels and ask for volunteers among the 6th grade boys who are eager to get outside and do something. If kids can clean what us old timers called “chalkboards,” they can’t go wrong making the school grounds and adjacent sidewalks safer for the rest of the students, teachers, and parents.
No doubt about it. The weather has been a bummer, but innovations such as having strong boys pushing a shovel for fun or extra credit is a great idea. Also, making those phone calls to the right people put them on notice of dangerous areas–call in the name of safety rather than just a bitch and you will hopefully get a favorable response.
Politicians are particularly sensitive to things like snow and potholes when it comes to constituents. Meanwhile, remember to wear your snow boots and be careful.
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