The first big snowfall of the season has come and gone, and the city of Wheeling was forced to issue a handful of snow removal citations.
The policy recently went into effect that requires property owners in the city’s business districts to remove snow from their sidewalks within 24 hours.
If they fail to do so, the city will remove the snow, but the property owner will be fined $175.
Vice Mayor Chad Thalman says the goal of this policy is to make the city’s sidewalks more accessible.
“We have more people working in downtown now than we’ve ever had in the history of Wheeling, and we anticipate going forward over the next few years that we’re going to have even more people working in downtown Wheeling. We want to make sure our sidewalks are safe, and we also want to send the message to potential investors that our business districts are a place where they want to invest. We want to send the message to customers that our business districts are a place where they can easily travel on the sidewalks and, therefore, spend their money,” said Thalman.
Thalman says he realizes that $175 is a steep fine, but that amount is set to deter property owners from using the city as a snow removal service.