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Berwyn discusses plowing alleys when snow hits 5-inch mark

BERWYN – The city of Berwyn could begin plowing alleys when snow reaches five inches in the hopes that residents will be more inclined to park vehicles in their garage, instead of the street.

The City Council approved sending the matter to the Public Works Committee for review when it met Feb. 12. In a letter addressed to the council, Sixth Ward Alderman Theodore Polashek said it was in the best interest for the safety of residents for the city to assume responsibility for control of snow in city alleys because "reasonable ice and snow control is necessary for routine travel and emergency services."

Polashek further said that officials are in continuous discussion on how to have people utilize their garages more.

"However, we fail to assist them with proper snow removal, making access to their garages difficult when there is an excessive snow event," Polashek said.

Snow removal from alleys would begin when five or more inches of snow accumulates, or when the mayor, Public Works Department director or their designees determine plowing is necessary.

The city would use public works employees equipment and/or private contractors in extreme circumstance to provide the service.

Public Works Director Bob Schiller said cars parked on the street during plowing operations is a huge issue for his department and that he supports the plan.

The council also approved a change in the pricing of vehicle stickers in 2014 that would give residents who park in their garages year-round a discount on the sticker price.

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