With the heavy snowfall this year, many have been unable to shovel their sidewalks.
And for some, it means the postal service can not deliver mail.
Mailboxes are empty along some streets in Bismarck, thanks to a few blizzards this season.
And the city has eased the 24 hour rule to shovel after snowfall.
Gabe Schell from the Bismarck City Engineer, “To relax the enforcement of the 24 hour component of the ordinance, so they don’t have to clean then up, but as soon as they are able to.”
The new date to have all snow removed is January 30th.
“If there are areas where no effort was made, even now, with even a nice fluffy snow that’s sitting on someone’s sidewalk. Those are areas where we would go and cite those. And if they don’t remove those within 24 hours the city will have our contractor go in and remove that snow and then bill the landowner for that work,” says Gabe Schell.
The sidewalk is something that everyone is supposed to have access to — including the mail man.
Gail Leary, hasn’t gotten mail for day’s, because sidewalks in the area aren’t shoveled.
“Well it wasn’t a surprise, we have a big big amount of snow in the front that was just about impossible to shovel all the way down Boulevard in our block, a double block. And we heard we wouldn’t be able to get the mail if it wasn’t shoveled so some of us were trying, but it was pretty difficult,” says Gail Leary a Bismarck Resident.
Gail understands why people aren’t shoveling — it is a big job.
“We have one empty house in the neighborhood where nobody lives, so who’s going to shovel that,” adds Leary.
The last time they received mail was Saturday, when they received a letter saying that no mail is going to be delivered.
We were unable to talk to anyone at the postal service, but there was a note sent out in mailboxes saying that all snow has to be removed from all sidewalks. In order for mail to be re-delivered.
Gail is happy that the city has given people extra time to shovel, after all, that mean’s she hasn’t gotten any junk mail, or bills.
Good news, there is no big storms storms coming soon.
Meaning people can catch up on their shoveling.