Tutty is amazed that as much taxpayer money that Freeport officials spend on snow removal, the basics, as far as Freeport pedestrians are concerned, never seem to be taken care of adequately.
Take a look at East Stephenson Street between Liberty Avenue and the Pecatonica River, this heavily travelled pedestrian route is never cleared of snow and ice. In many cases the snow and ice is intentionally piled on the sidewalk by private businesses and Freeport Street Department workers themselves, forcing pedestrians, many of whom provide viable commerce to downtown businesses to violate City ordinances (and risk injury or death) by walking in the street.
Here are a couple of pictures:
North side of Stephenson Street looking west toward downtown Freeport, March 4, 2015
South side of Stephenson Street looking west toward downtown Freeport, March 4, 2015
Why can't the City of Freeport make sure that these sidewalks are kept passable for pedestrians. They've been this way for more than two months. Drive by this area around shift change and you will see numerous pedestrians walking in the street because, quite frankly, the City of Freeport is apparently blind to the issue even though many Street Department employees hauling snow drive right by numerous times throughout the day and evening yet no one seems to notice that the elephant has not only entered the room but has sat down in the easy chair and picked up the remote.
Why can't pedestrians expect better Mayor Gitz and City of Freeport officials?