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12/18/2012 11:36:00 AM
Letter: Help keep Williams safe during snow storms, obey city ordinances

To the Editor:

With the winter snow season upon us, safety becomes a major concern in our community. Snow and ice covered sidewalks make getting around dangerous for everyone from our children walking to school to our visitors finding their way around our shopping district.

Cars left on the street during snow removal are a hazard to both snow removal crews and the cars themselves.

The City has ordinances in effect to mitigate the danger of both situations. These ordinances require property owners to remove snow/ice from sidewalks within 24 hours of the storm and require that all cars be removed from city Streets during snow removal.

They also provide for fines up to $500 if needed.

Help us ensure everyone stays as safe as possible during snow events and please plan to remove snow/ice from sidewalks and cars from streets during the next snow event.

Brandon Buchanan,

Williams City Manager

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Jesus Garza

It is required in the majority of cities across the US which receive snow for property owners/inhabitants to clear the sidewalks in front of their property, no handbook is needed, it's common courtesy and common sense. Otherwise, hope you have some good insurance in case the inevitable happens!

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Williams Resident

For Angelica and others:
The information about clearing sidewalks in front of your property is an insert with our water bills. This usually comes in the fall or at least before the snow falls.
I have lived in several places, some with minimal snow fall and others with 5' plus. Each place has had some ordinance or another about clearing the snow/ice from around your property. This does only apply to your property if you have sidewalks even though sidewalks belong to the city in most cases.
My complaint with Williams is the downtown area, the business areas. Williams has this ordinance so why don't then enforce it??
For the past 10 years it has been the same business', the same sidewalks that do not clear the snow/ice.

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: angelica macias

I have only lived in Williams for a year and was not aware of a city ordinance requiring me to shovel the side walk or not park on the street.Is there a handbook I wasn't given about being a good Williams' resident?
Also, there really is no other place to park for most residence and many residents are elderly. As i know first hand, it is easy to fall and break a bone for a healthy young individual, i would not want the elderly doing snow removal. This is better left to the city, who should employee people to remove snow from sidewalks and walking paths.

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013
Article comment by: tired of Bud

So you're tired of snow and the yellow house. Well, I guess the world revolves around your fatigue. We'll all stop talking about it now because you said so...

Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Article comment by: Bud Daniels

I've lived here most my life. The snow will come and go. When it snows it makes things slick. Shovel your sidewalks. I'm tried of hearing about the snow and the yellow house.

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Article comment by: Jeremiah Sheward

I moved here a few years ago and I live in an apartment with no other parking option for some of the residents other than on the street what options do we have? I know in some localities (Michigan) They will do alternate side clearings either onside one day the the other the next or one side in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Third street is an example of a good street for that as it has parking both sides.

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

Dear Mr. Daniels
The point of my comments was to, hopefully, let this new city man become aware of the dangers in our small township. Whether walking or driving it is hazardous during the winter months. Yes, the new snow blower is not in working condition, it was purchased used, and it is not for clearing the streets but for quicker removal of the piles of snow down the center of the streets.
As mentioned we have retired here, about 10 years now, and walking is good exercise and besides the dog loves the snow as do I.
In these past years there has been zero change as far as business/property owners clearing the sidewalks in front as required by the city-this is only a few and they are on our 'main strip'. I just don't understand why these shops don't at least try, maybe a $500.00 fine would wake them up plus the city would be that much richer.
Walking from McGuillicuddy's to the corner gas station, we buy our lottery tickets there, is dangerous and actually it is rather ugly to have to see the 'stuff' pasted up on the windows and the unsightly drapes hanging over the door not to mention the grey paint that was used to cover up the adjoining buildings.
This particular business is closed but would be a very attractive older building if only the property owner was to clean it up a bit.
We do stock up but not on tacos nor do we shop at the convenience store on a regular basis. We warm up the 4-wheel drive truck and go to Safeway or to Flagstaff.
Maybe we should get together for a walk through town some time?? We could stop at the convenience store for a cup of coffee or better yet there is a nice little coffee shop on the 'main strip'.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Bud Daniels

Dear Williams Resident ... remember the city's new snowblower is broken. During the Christmas storm, the streets were not cindered. It is no longer safe to walk on the street. You better stock up on tacos and whatever you need at the convenience store before the next storm. Best of luck.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

Well good luck there Mr. Buchanan!
We have retired here in Williams,years ago, and walk most everywhere we need to go. But in the winter walking is safer in the street than on the sidewalks.
Williams has these 'ordinances' in place so how difficult is it to get the few business/property owners to clear the snow and ice?? Maybe it's time to fine a few of these business/property owners...
Try walking from McGuillicuddy's to the gas station on the corner. And while you are passing by admire the 'posters' in the windows, the 'unkept' window dressings, looks really bad. Is this an attraction we want for the tourists who visit?
We know the police department is busy with other things, but what about the city council members? The mayor? Don't they see this as they drive to work?
What will the city do when someone falls and then sues the city? After all the sidewalks do belong to the city don't they?

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