A group representing people with disabilities is asking Minot’s city council, and the citizens and businesses in town to make a better effort at clearing snow this winter.
Independence, Inc., made a plea before council members for people to be aware of city ordinances regarding clearing snow.
Scott Burlingame said the ordinance requires that, within 24 hours of snowfall, all alleys, curb cuts, intersections, and parking spaces should be cleared of snow.
(Scott Burlingame, Independence, Inc.) “Historically this hasn’t happened. Snow has been dumped in those places. Accessible walkways have been dumped on. Snow is not cleared. Accessible parking spots are used to store snow. We don’t want to see that happen and we’re going to do our best to raise the public awareness around this issue.”
He says snow left behind makes mobility very difficult for people with disabilities.
Mayor Shaun Sipma promised to pursue ideas to deal with the problem.