Those Antioch officials sure don't know which way to turn. Faced with a revenue crunch, village trustees are expected to adopt an ordinance next month making homeowners responsible for clearing snow from their sidewalks within 24 hours of a two-inch snowfall. Yea, let's get those senior citizens out there clearing their sidewalks after a heavy snow, the type meterologists dub "heart attack" snow.
Who's advising these yokels? Wait till AARP hears about this law. Some communities recommend clearing sidewalks by residents and even have hold-harmless laws in case anybody slips and breaks a hip. What about those "snowbirds" who take flight to Florida, Arizona or Hawaii at the first sign of freezing precipitation. If you're not home, how can you clean your sidewalk?
Why stop there? Get those shovels and snowblowers out and have residents start sweeping their streets during snowfalls. Won't have to worry about snowplows or salt or snowplow drivers. Just one more way for Antioch to save money.
In the summer, same drill except without the snow. The Hound has been told the Europeans do this all the time. They wash down their sidewalks and streets. And, nobody makes them!
Think about all the tax revenue which will be generated by residents buying all those new shovels, brooms and snowblowers to Antioch's brigade of street sweepers. That's one way to balance the books.