City to look for feedback on snow removal at first-ever Snow Summit

Snow removal (CNYCentral Photo)

One of the snowiest cities in America is working on new ways to keep roads and sidewalks clear.

Syracuse city officials are hoping that technology and your feedback in the city's first-ever Snow Summit will help solve the ongoing problem. The summit will take place on Thursday.

For Patrick Grow, it's a struggle each day to walk through the streets without slipping. He uses a walker and said the city could do a much better job in removing the snow.

"There has been times where I had to carry my walker because I can't push through all the snow and the intersections and I would have to think in this area, it would be a priority," Grow said.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is looking for ways to improve the snow removal process. Walsh had promised better enforcement of city ordinances designed to keep streets and sidewalks clear.

"We do see snow as an asset big picture, but it does present some challenges to us that we are working with the community to address," Walsh said.

To some, it appears the mayor has already made some progress on that promise, even before the Snow Summit.

"I feel like there has been a serious improvement with the snow removal and I saw that especially from Friday's storm," said Tiffany Stubbmann. "I live in Tipp Hill and I thought by 1:00 to 4:00 there roads were clear."

At the Snow Summit, Walsh said they'll discuss snow issues, along with sledding and how they will make it legal and fun to do for children throughout the winter.

The Snow Summit will be on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dr. Weeks Elementary School, 710 Hawley Ave.

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