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Would a fine be an incentive to shovel your sidewalk?

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Some Northeast Ohio cities have added an extra incentive to get outside and shovel Some Northeast Ohio cities have added an extra incentive to get outside and shovel
Lakewood -

A snow covered sidewalk is a pain for pedestrians and homeowners alike.

The snow is mess to walk through and potentially dangerous if someone slips and falls.

Sidewalks that have not been shoveled are pretty common this time of the year.

Chelsea Richards of Lakewood said, "It's frustrating; especially for me, because I don't drive. So, I walk to work everyday. So, it's kind of difficult climbing over giant piles of snow."

"It's terrible because you have a lot of elderly people that can't walk. People can fall and break their leg," mentioned Alketa Tasi.

Most cities in our area require residents and businesses to remove snow from the sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours of snowfall ending.

"I do think you should have to shovel your sidewalk," observed Jessica Zehel of Parma, "Even though I'm guilty of not doing it all the time."

In Toledo, city officials have took it a step further and said if residents don't remove the snow, they'll be fined $75.

Northeast Ohioans don't believe a fine makes winter any more fun. 

Again, Richards, "I understand they're trying to give incentives to people to shovel more. I feel like maybe that wouldn't go over very well."

Zehel told 19 Action News she would mind the fine and the threat of cold cash is enough to make her shovel.

"So maybe they should do it," she offered.

Tasi, a worker at The Place To Be Deli & Restaurant in Lakewood agrees.

Tasi told our George Smith, "I don't like to get that but they are necessary because you have to keep up your property."

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