Volunteer Safety Inspectors Needed
Meet Andy, he is one of many residents of Lakewood that require the use of safe sidewalks during the winter. Andy was dodging busy traffic while riding his electronic wheelchair on Detoit Ave when I met him. He said he is forced to dangerously drive in the street, because it is impossible to use the sidewalks in many parts of the city. The city has an ordiance requiring business owners to clear their sidewalks but, they are not obeying it. This ordinance is not being enforced by city officials as well as it should be.
I have started a campaign of calling business owners that have not cleared their sidewalks after a snowfall and thankfully have been getting good results.
I am looking for some volunteers willing to call business owners in Lakewood who aren't clearing their sidewalks. We are simply reminding them about the city ordinance and the importance of keeping the sidewalk clear for people like Andy. I will provide names and numbers or you can be part of the team that goes out and finds businesses out of compliance. The businesses that don't respond positively to our calls will be reported to City Hall with pictures documenting their failure to comply.
If you are interested in taking a few moments after every snowfall to help people like Andy, please call me at 216-288-9163 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can help make this walkable city safe for everyone.
Ryan Salo is a lifelong resident of Lakewood. He is married with 4 children, all attending Lakewood City Schools.