A GUARDIAN reader living on the bench in Boise noticed ACHD gives advance notice of street sweeping in the North End and wonders why she can’t have the same in her neighborhood.
Even on “GUARDIAN STREET” the sweeper has to navigate around parked cars and pick ups, leaving large patches unswept. The thinking is that with a little notice, folks would be happy to get their vehicles off the street–or on the opposite side for ease of sweeping.
Here is the response from the Ada County Highway District:
“In the North End there are many blocks of older homes that have no off street parking. Vehicles parked on the street hamper our gutter sweeping activities. We do have a notification process we use in some older areas where on street parking is heaviest. It is an odd side swept one day, even side the next for a small select area. I guess you could say it is preferential for the North End but it would be discriminatory against the North End if we didn’t figure a way to sweep their streets as clean as the rest.”
For the record, the City forester also provides tree service for those stately trees in the North End, but not for the rest of the city streetside trees where there are no sidewalks or boulevards.
Speaking of sidewalks, we also had word of an impending agreement for the City to work with ACHD on sidewalk replacement and repair—again mostly in the Northend because the rest of the city has little sidewalk in the neighborhoods.
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