GODFREY – The Village of Godfrey is trying to find a quick solution to a problem operating snowplows in select neighborhoods during winter storms.
Godfrey Director of Maintenance Jim Lewis discussed the issue at a recent Village Board meeting.
Lewis said he sent letters to residents living in problem areas that emerged following the 12-inch snowfall on Jan. 5.
He solicited direction on what could be done to discourage residents from leaving parked cars on streets and roads during snowstorms.
“We couldn’t get our 11-foot plows down a couple streets, so I had to send a small truck at the end of the snow event to open one lane,” he said. “That is an extreme hassle for our drivers.”
Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick said everyone shouldn’t have to pay the price for drivers not being able to plow certain streets because of the parked cars.
Godfrey residents are legally prohibited from parking vehicles on the streets and roads with 2 inches or more of snow. Piasa Hills was one of the neighborhoods that became problematic for snow removal, Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick said.
Godfrey Village Trustee Jerry Gibson said the village should publicly remind residents there is an ordinance on the books. The mayor and trustees all want to resolve the issue before the next snow event.
Lewis said he believes most people are good and residents will solve the problem after becoming aware of the issue.
“Captain Decker of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department walked and talked to people in the neighborhoods during the last bad storm,” McCormick said. “The last thing we want to do is have somebody’s car towed. But why should neighbors be punished for not being allowed to clear their streets because somebody won’t move their car?”
“We are now just waiting for directive from Attorney Tom Long,” McCormick said.