Shovel up or pay up in Carbondale |

Shovel up or pay up in Carbondale

Aspen Times Staff Report

Carbondale residents who don’t shovel the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses could end up paying dearly.

Carbondale police issued a second round of warnings last week to nonshovelers. Residents were told that if they don’t comply, the town might do the work itself and bill them.

“I don’t want it to come to that, but if it’s serious enough we can do the work and bill them,” said police chief Gene Schilling.

Although most Main Street businesses and residents from Seventh to Carbondale Plaza have not yet done their civic duty, the warning seems to have worked in other parts of town, including Sopris Avenue, where three residents shoveled their walks.

“I want to see a reasonable effort to clean up,” Schilling said. “If we see that people are trying, we’ll work with them.”

The two sidewalks around the U.S. West building at Fourth and Main were still snowpacked as of Monday, but Schilling said the company will be cited if it fails to comply.

“I saw several locations along Main Street that weren’t shoveled,” Schilling said last week.

The fine for the first offense is $75, and can be paid like a traffic ticket. The second time around, offenders will be hauled into court.

Schilling said that businesses and residents who live adjacent to town property are responsible for taking care of it. He also said that the public works department has been notified to shovel any remaining walks that it has responsibility for.

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