City of Lincoln
2004 Media Releases
Red Cross matches shovelers with those needing help
Mayor Coleen J. Seng and the Lancaster County Chapter of the American Red Cross today encouraged volunteers to sign up to shovel snow for the elderly and disabled. Through its "Snow Buddies" program, the Red Cross matches volunteers with those who need help keeping their walks cleared.
"When it snows, many people in our community are unable to clear their walks due to their health," said Mayor Seng. "Through the 'Snow Buddies' program, individuals, families, businesses or organizations can lend a hand to help those not able to clear their sidewalks and really make a difference in their neighborhoods."
Those wanting to volunteer and those needing assistance can call the Red Cross at 441-7997. Janine Brown, Director of Emergency Services for the local Red Cross chapter, said both clients and volunteers are screened. The agency would like volunteers to sign up to shovel snow for the same person or family all season, and they try to place volunteers close to their home or workplace.
City ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from the public sidewalk by 9 a.m. the day following the end of the snow storm. For this storm, sidewalks are to be cleared of snow by 9 a.m. Wednesday, January 28. Harry Kroos of the City Public Works and Utilities Department’s Sidewalk Office, said those residents and property owners who receive notices to clear their sidewalks and are unable to meet the deadline may contact the Sidewalk Office at 441-7541 to request additional time.
Kroos said when a problem area is reported to the Sidewalk Office, staff responds as they are able. If an unresolved problem is reported again, the City may have the sidewalk cleared by a contractor, and the charges are billed to the property owner. Kroos said the snow clearing charge per property averages about $150.