2017 Sidewalk Snow Survey Results

Thank you for being one of the 95 individuals who submitted your sidewalk snow management survey during March and April of 2017. The results received were overwhelmingly in support.  87.4% of responses were an 8 or higher on the scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being 100% in favor of the proposal.

The next phase in the campaign to get this implemented has started.  Please visit the following link to read background, summary, and draft legislation for sidewalk repair, maintenance, and snow removal municipalization - to create:

"A Local Law of The City of Syracuse Authorizing the creation of Operations within the Department of Public Works for the coordinated snow removal along with maintenance and repair, of all sidewalks within city limits, in the same manner that roads and streets are municipally managed."

At the Madison website, which "is a government policy co-creation platform that opens up laws and legislation previously off-limits to individuals and the Internet community, you can access the law as it’s being written, leave comments, annotate specific content, and interact with other civic-minded participants. Madison brings the lawmaking process straight to you, and gives you a say in your government’s decisions."

Please click here > https://mymadison.io/documents/sidewalks-municipalization-snowice-removal-general-maintenance-and-replacement

Rochester model could work in Syracuse with curb fees levied on all properties, including those owned by non-profits.
Having a walkable city is very important. It's time to address the miles of unshoveled sidewalks. I am so tired of excuses from the city and the residents. Let's do it!
 
I don't live in Syracuse at this time but would like to see municipal snow management in many parts of CNY
Not every person in syracuse drives and not every person is capable of shoveling.  Commercial businesses can't be bothered to even maintain their own sidewalks.  Drivers and pedestrians both need the streets and the sidewalks to be safe for them to drive and walk on.   Kids walking to school, the elderly, the disabled all have a right to be able walk safely in their city.
I think it's a shame that the city sidewalks are not shoveled and people have to walk in the road.  It's dangerous for them and for people driving.
Have been dreaming of a block by block system... Co-owned snowblowers...
Many city residents are unable to keep sidewalks clear for walking. Because this is a safety issue, because visitors to the city need clear paths, it would be good to provide for sidewalk clearing as a service to busineases and residents. 
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I usually take care of my own sidewalk in front of my home
 
We need to care more for our community and the people in it. We should stand around guessing who should it, we all should!
Property owners should be responsible for maintenance of their property (snow or grass), not the city or county. However, if the property owner is not in compliance, the municipality should be able to ticket or fine them. If owner is still not in compliance, then the municipality should complete the work needed and bill the owner.
I live across from Roberts Elementary School and find the need to shovel at least 3 times per snow event due to the high speed of plow drivers plowing snow back onto my walk multiple times per day. As such, I can't keep up even though I know the importance of keeping the walks cleared for the kids. We are on the same page with our goal of snow removal yet working at cross purposes. The school has heavy duty snow removal equipment for their walks - more efficient than my back! My neighbor does plow (praise the Lord) yet I still need to shovel the heavy plow spray. So yes, for those of us who are aging (like my neighbors to the left) or the renters next door who don't bother (also across from the school), I agree with a municipal plan for all to be safe while out walking.
I'd be interested in seeing a breakdown of how much this would cost on a municipal level compared to if a neighborhood were to contract on their own.  I imagine the per-household cost would be cheaper municipally.
This is a great initiative!
 
 
Hey Frank: The WRC snow brigades of the winters of 2012 & 2013 were among the most memorable collective projects I have been involved in. We started a legislative conversation back then with the Common Council and I would love to see that conversation reignited.
 
 
 
 
 
No Brainer- Watched in amazement in Rochester a couple weeks ago as a small fleet of small tractors deployed onto downtown sidewalks- figure out the costs and fund it.
 
I am a teacher at McKinley-Brighton and live in Strathmore. It is so sad and scary to see so many children walk to school in the street. Their faces show fear or nothing at all which is a statement that they are not surprised. To me this is a terrible message we are sending to our children! They deserve better and should know that.
 
I have questions regarding how the property owners would pay for it, and in some cases, people with snowblowers might not want to opt in. I need to know how this will take shape, so I can make an informed decision.
I am disabled and cannot  take care of my sidewalk shoveling any longer.  I do have loving neighbors that help me when they can, but would prefer a system that would take care of it.
What about all those inmates just sitting around?
Why can't we use them ?
The sidewalk situation is awful in syracuse.. businesses, houses for sale (realtors) etc. do not clear their sidewalks.  For the people who are out shoveling and clearing the sidewalks before they leave for work come home to find the plow has thrown even more snow on the sidewalk and drive way.. that's seems to be my problem. So I know a lot of my neighbors say what's the point the plows will just cover it again.. a lot of times the could change their plows to throw snow in another direction or slow down. 
When I drive home from work through the city of Syracuse, I see many people-women with young children, people with shopping bags, kids from schools with backpacks walking to the Centro hub. When it snows and sidewalks are not cleared, they have to walk in the street which is filled with cars and very narrow shoulders. Very scary and unsafe.
The day after Obama was elected, and it seemed a new post-racial society was born, I turned onto E. Genesee St. to encounter many children of color forced to walk alongside the busy traffic, because the sidewalks were blocked by snow. This is what sociologists call structural racism and structural violence. People with disabilities who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes or other assistive devices must walk in traffic in the streets, because the sidewalks are blocked by snow: another example of structural violence, of harm done to persons by policies and practices, not by an individual actor. On my street, which connects two major bus lines, some don't clear their walks because they have a suburban mentality and think that everyone has a car. Some don't clear their walks because they are older and disabled and need assistance to do that. (I try to clear as much of the block as I can, but I am getting older, too, and it's hard labor.) I have seen people waiting for the bus on Erie Blvd. forced to stand in that busy thoroughfare, because the Centro bus stops weren't cleared of snow. I live two blocks from Seeley Rd., a major north/south thoroughfare with a steep hill and which does not have sidewalks. There are low-income apartments on this hill, and it's the only way to walk to the supermarket at the bottom. I regularly crest the hill in my car, only to discover people, including parents carrying shopping bags and carrying or walking with children, forced to walk in the street in traffic, day and night, because of the lack of sidewalks and/or the condition of existing sidewalks, both broken and blocked with snow. This is structural violence, harm caused to people by the structures, the policies and practices in our city. Let's enable our citizens and denizens.
Snow is plead on sidewalk then my son has to walk in the street to go to school.
 
People in Liverpool and Rochester pay taxes to have the sidewalks plowed. The same thing should happen in Syracuse.
This is just one of the ways we have been shirking responsibility for keeping Syracuse kids safe.
 
We need to start fining scofflaws who don't shovel their sidewalks or who plow snow unsafely and illegally
I am old and handicapped.  My neighbor does my driveway but he has a busy job with the utility company and has to be out to help them.   He does my walk when he can.   The other issue is that I am the only one on this part of the street who had to put in a sidewalk.  The rest of the neighbors do not or do not maintain their walks.  There is  great inconsistencies there.
I have personally shepherded several children to school safely this winter by driving slowly behind them so the cars behind me wouldn't hit them. It's a disgrace that we allow our city kids to literally risk their lives to get to school. I offered these children a ride and they wouldn't take it. I'm sure out of fear and good for them for not giving in to a stranger's offer! I'm sick about this. Something better has to be in place before next  winter for our kids and all of our citizens. 
This is a priority especially for students who don't yet have universal bus passes, as well as for all of us who walk for our failure to succeed in providing effective public transportation. 
Syracuse is my home and I would like to see a better service that provides roads that are walkerable and clean environments 
In some ways a city paid program to keep our sidewalks clear would be ideal.  However, I'd prefer that citizens take responsibility for their property.
I commend you for your efforts
 
Accessibility is key to a community
Great job illustrating the problems and suggesting solutions.
 
 
Syracuse should adopt the Rochester model.
 
 I like the idea of the municipal program and think it's important to keep the financial responsibility on the landlords who are currently neglecting it
As a senior citizen I have to walk in the road to aviod falling. This is not safe. Fall and risk breaking a bone or risk getting hit by a car! !!
 
 
What would a municipal sidewalk snow and maintenance program in Syracuse entail? In good weather, the City has miles of sidewalks that are part of city property that are in disrepair. The City avoids upkeep of residential sidewalks by claiming "liability" for the sidewalk is that of the property owner. I don't see how the City can shovel a sidewalk it would potentially damage if it requires the resident to pay for repairs. Furthermore, the City should first start by clearing the sidewalks that are explicitly adjacent to City property before expanding this to residents' sidewalks. For example, the sidewalks around many of the City parks are not shoveled. Second, there is a "law" requiring the clearing of snow. However, the Common Council voted to look the other way when it comes to this ordinance. Fees were voted down particularly because of concern that elderly, sick, or low socioeconomic residents would be unfairly targeted. However, many of the busiest streets are primarily populated by businesses (e.g. James St, Salina, State St, Irving, Fayette, East Genesee, etc) . In addition to the City setting an example for its residents by clearing the property for which it is obviously responsible, enforcing the ordinance that is already on the books as it relates to businesses and landlords (effectively a business), should be the first priority before creating another government committee or expenditure. Instead, smart selective enforcement of the preexisting ordinance could generate revenue for Syracuse.
we are only asking for a safer trip to school for our children
 
Thank you Frank!
Let's create some more local jobs and get these sidewalks clear! 
There are far too many students walking to school on the street instead of the sidewalk after a snowstorm
I believe it is time for the City to start a serious conversation (with results) on what they plan to do to address the many snow-covered sidewalks, sidewalks in disrepair, and overall maintenance. I would be open to the idea of raising the City's property taxes to address this matter and help those in need. 
In the last storm the city did and epic and commendable job cleaning streets for cars.  But why are people with cars given such attention when those who walk get no help? Even worse, why is there no consequences for those who plow up huge banks, blocking sidewalks?  
Many other countries around the world have crews to clear snow off of sidewalks and plazas, etc. Surely the United States can rise up to their level of concern for all its citizens, not just drivers. 
We need cleared sidewalks to keep our children safe. Walking is a great way for people to get some exercise and stay healthy- unless careless city management continues to allow these dangerous conditions to exist.
 
(not expecting my personal info to be shared) I don't know what city-wide efforts have been made to date, but I am interested in the problem of unshoveled walks. Ideally this would be a municipally-funded undertaking, but considering the financial state of the city, I'm not encouraged.  In the meantime I'd like to discuss any suggestions  to this problem.
 
 
I walked to school in Syracuse for two decades and have seen it all I think. As the snowiest city in US + highest concentrated poverty, the winter conditions creates a transportation crisis for our poorest residents trying to get to work/ school daily. Recent piece on NPR about transportation to work being largest limiting factor for people trying to rise above poverty- I will try to locate a link. This issue is critical for Syracuse, keep up the good work! 
We need stiffer penalties for citizen scofflaws who refuse to comply with the snow removal laws. 
 
Pedestrians need priority status
 
 
In a city like Syracuse, which receives so much snow, this should be a part of the city's plan. However, I am concerned it will become just another bungled part of DPW. I also think the snow removal can't be addressed until the upkeep of sidewalks is addressed. First, no one is going to be pleased to pay for DPW's maiming of their sidewalks. Second, we shouldn't be paying for them to begin with if they are so restrictive about what can be done with them. I'd like to see a privatized solution, that creates jobs in Syracuse, rather than an in-house mess that creates hard feelings and more problems. 
Definitely need more of this!
 
Students and elderly people are often unable to maintain their sidewalks but live in neighborhoods with high foot traffic
Keep up the good work
Keep up the good work Frank!
 
 
Would love to see Euclid cleared 
Awesome!

 

 

Totally for this!! 
 
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We need better infrastructure for sure , it's bad everywhere I'm Syracuse

 

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