Aldermen: Snowplows could not do job with cars parked on streets

2014-01-11T00:00:00Z Aldermen: Snowplows could not do job with cars parked on streetsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 11, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | A pair of aldermen say the city's snowplowing efforts this week were hampered by cars that were not off of city streets.

Second Ward Alderman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski said that weather reports in the days leading up to the severe storm gave people ample warning. She said auto owners could have found an alternate place to park prior to the snowfall.

“People complain about the streets, but they don’t cooperate,” she said.

Agreeing was 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones. He was absent from Thursday’s City Council session. But he had 7th Ward Alderman Antoine Collins read a ward report for him, in which Jones said he had walked around his block and had found 46 vehicles buried in snow.

“They’re still there,” Collins said for Jones.

Wosczynski said had many people parked their cars off of city streets, they would find it easier to get in and drive away once the snow stopped — rather than having to dig their cars out of the snow.

“If people would cooperate, it would help us all along,” she said.

Not all Calumet City residences have driveways and officials did not stipulate exactly where vehicles should have been parked.

Also concerned about weather issues was 4th Ward Alderman Ramonde Williams, who said he had talked with the Police Department about suspending the issuing of parking tickets in the area around the Ginger Ridge apartment complex, 1954 Memorial Drive, because crews have not been able to fully clear the parking lots that are supposed to be used by area residents.

Williams said he thinks city Public Works crews have done a “proactive job” in dealing with the weather. “They worked diligently and effectively,” he said.

While 6th Ward Alderman Nick Manousopoulos said his ward office has received many telephone calls from local residents who are pleased with the way snow was cleared from around their homes.

In other business, Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush released a memorandum in response to Jones’ desire for more information about a Christmas party the city gave for residents of all the local senior citizen complexes.

Jones had said the matter of a party, held Dec. 18 at a banquet hall in Schererville, was never presented to the City Council for consideration.

But Qualkinbush, in her memo, said various expenses related to the party were approved by the council at meetings of Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Dec. 12 and Dec. 30. She said that Jones voted in favor of all the expenditures.

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