LIMA — If you’re frustrated that a City of Lima snowplow piled the recent snowfall next to your vehicle, just imagine being the snowplow driver.
“Some of these narrow streets, I really wish we could take folks with us in a snowplow and try to drive through them without hitting a car,” said Warner Roach, Lima’s deputy director of streets.
With several inches of snow dumped on the region earlier this week, Lima officials reminded residents of the importance of clearing a path for the plows. They urged you to pull your car into your driveway if possible. The forecast calls for additional possible snow Thursday overnight with little accumulation and 1 to 3 inches Saturday night going into Sunday evening, according to Accuweather.
If you must park on the street in some neighborhoods with narrow streets, the city asks people to park on the side of the street with even-numbered houses on even-numbered dates. On odd-numbered dates, park on the side of the street with odd-numbered houses. The penalty includes the possibility of impounding vehicles.
“Snowplows may be unable to maneuver down narrow streets with cars parked on both sides,” said Roach, who said plow drivers don’t want to “gamble” with possibly hitting cars on either side of narrow streets.
Also, the city has ordinances in place requiring you to shovel your sidewalks.
“I saw children having to walk in the street,” Lima Mayor David Berger said. “I saw the mail unable to access houses. There were deliveries by others who couldn’t deliver. There is a requirement that a property owner must clear their sidewalk within several hours after a snow event occurred. We’re now beyond that.”
The city also asked people to clear snow off stormwater drains on the road, to help prevent flooding when snow melts. You’re also asked to pile any show from your driveway to the right of the driveway as you face the street, or pile it in your yard area.
It’s all about protecting people, Berger said.
“This is for the safety our community. It’s pedestrians,” he said. “Many of those pedestrians are children trying to get to school or home from school. This is a serious responsibility, and we’re asking for people’s cooperation.”