Lockport to fine inconsiderate plowers
By Frank vaisvilas Correspondent February 21, 2014 9:20PM
Snow plows were out in force Jan. 2 in Franklin Park. | Mark Lawton/Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:13AM
The Lockport City Council has approved an ordinance that would impose a $25 fine on residents who use a snow plow in their driveways and push snow into the street.
“It has nothing to do with people using snowblowers,” 3rd Ward Ald. Darren Deskin said.
Lockport Public Works Director Joe Findlay said the ordinance addresses a few incidents this winter in which residents used their own plows or hired a snow removal contractor and pushed large amounts of snow into the street.
“Don’t put snow in the street where it’s going to create line-of-sight issues,” Findlay said. “It’s (the fine) just an avenue to pursue if people continue to not work with us.”
In other action last week, aldermen rescinded their vote from a year ago that would give 5 percent of the city’s annual income from video gambling to Gamblers Anonymous. The organization does not accept donations, they said.
Lockport last year collected $52,700 as its share of video gambling revenue from 10 businesses, and all of that money will be used for downtown redevelopment, city officials said.
Following the council meeting, aldermen also held a committee meeting where they discussed ways to improve tourism in Lockport.
“One of the things that’s important is to make sure we brand Lockport as part of Chicagoland,” Mayor Steven Streit said.
He said downtown Lockport offers amenities unlike most Southland towns, such as one of only four Illinois state museums, the Will County Historical Society museum and a recreational trail along the Illinois and Michigan Canal.
“There’s much to promote,” Streit said.
The council discussed reallocating $40,000 from this year’s city budget for a promotional campaign for Lockport. City administrator Benjamin Benson suggested that Lockport partner with the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, which he chairs, on a campaign.