Problem Solvers: Viewer wants icy, treacherous sidewalk cleared of snow


Icy sidewalk in Denver

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DENVER -- Jackie Austin, a FOX31 Denver viewer, sent a tip that said: “I want Denver to start doing what the hell they’re supposed to do and start cleaning the sidewalks and the intersections (of snow).”

The sidewalk is on First Avenue between Downing and Lafayette streets, where it’s snow and ice-packed and dangerous to traverse.

FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers want to know who is responsible for its removal. It’s not Denver Public Works. It plows snow from the roads and fills pot holes.

Denver Community Planning and Development said it doesn't clear sidewalks, only that it inspects them.

The slicker sidewalk is in front of Denver Country Club and General Manager Parice Piralla said Denver Parks and Recreation should be contacted.

Maintenance engineer Joe Cortez from Denver Parks and Recreation soon rolled up in a pint-size snow removal tractor, just perfect for sidewalks.

“It needs to be cleaned and they sent us out here to get it taken care of,” he said from the cozy cab.

The sidewalk is not a park nor is it a recreation, but it is located adjacent to a trail that does belong to Denver Parks and Rec, so, it is its responsibility by proxy.

That was good news for Austin.

“It’s about bloody time,” she said laughing.

Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease, or in this case, the plow.

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