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Hypocrisy Over Wheeling Snow Removal Raises Ire

The city of Wheeling has taken a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to snow removal.

Clear your sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall per city directive, Wheeling leaders tell those who own property downtown and in other business districts. If you don’t, city crews will clear your sidewalk for you — and then charge you for the privilege.

Meanwhile, following this past week’s snowfall, the outpouring of complaints from around Wheeling was loud as downtown and neighborhood streets went untreated and sidewalks around city owned and managed properties were barely touched.

“I don’t like piling on here, but it is disappointing to be lectured about clearing walks when there was little to no attempt to plow much of downtown …”, a local attorney wrote in reply to an online post from the city reminding about the snow removal ordinance. “… I think we can all have patience under the circumstances that everyone is doing the best they can, but it’s difficult to receive this message from the City when they appear not to be making an attempt to do their part.”

In other words, take care of your own business, city officials, before lecturing others about taking care of theirs.


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