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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Senior citizen complains about city’s snow-piling process

  • There was a time when “Teddy” Sharp would have thought nothing about jumping over, or charging through, the pile of snow that divides the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic on South Main Street in Hannibal. But those days have passed and the senior resident of the Mark Twain Hotel Apartments says the snow pile now represents a hardship for people with mobility issues.
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  • There was a time when “Teddy” Sharp would have thought nothing about jumping over, or charging through, the pile of snow that divides the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic on South Main Street in Hannibal. But those days have passed and the senior resident of the Mark Twain Hotel Apartments says the snow pile now represents a hardship for people with mobility issues.
    “As a senior citizen, us trying to get across that snow and happen to fall down, especially me, if I fall down I won’t be getting up,” she said, noting that residents of the apartments park their vehicles in a lot west of South Main. “It makes me mad as a senior citizen, trying to get across the street to your vehicle, and you don’t have sure footing anyway… It’s a mess.
    “When we buy groceries, we have to pack them across the street, across that hump of snow. It’s not good at all.”
    While the waist-high strip of snow on South Main was a concern, Sharp did not view a 6-foot pile of snow at the east end of the apartment’s parking lot as a major obstacle, pointing out that people can use a walkway that connects the lot to the South Main sidewalk and goes around the mountain of snow.
    Sharp says she spoke Wednesday with Mayor Roy Hark and Street Superintendent Leon Wallace about the situation. Wallace dispatched a Street Department vehicle to open the snow wall at Church Street and South Main.
    “That (Church and South Main) is an intersection and should have been opened in the first place, but they didn’t do (clear) all of it,” said Sharp, who would like to see snow removed on South Main from Church Street to at least midway down the 200 block of South Main.
    Adding to Sharp’s frustration is the fact that just two blocks away, in the 100 block of North Main, the strip of snow had been removed.
    “I am so frustrated and mad about this. They act like we’re not even human,” she said, adding she pays her taxes like North Main business owners.
    Sharp stressed her complaint don’t reflect the preferences of one person.
    “This isn’t just about me. This is about all the senior citizens who live here,” she said.
    According to Sharp, the city’s snow-piling practice is an ongoing issue.
    “They do it every time, but today it seems worse because we got more snow,” she said. “We shouldn’t have to be telling them to do that because they shouldn’t be piling the snow in the middle of the street.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Attempts to secure a comment from someone with the Street Department were unsuccessful Wednesday afternoon.
    This isn’t the first time the city’s snow-moving policy has been questioned. In March 2013 the City Council heard from a Broadway business woman who was unhappy because the Street Department had pushed snow to the curbs following a 10-inch snow on Feb. 21.
    City Manager Jeff LaGarce reported at that time that a new snow-moving plan was being developed that would allow larger amounts of snow to be pushed to the center of Broadway.
     
     
     

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