Pekin homeowners spared from snow removal

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 10:16 PM CST
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PEKIN (25 News Now) - Pekin homeowners are no longer required to remove snow from their property.

In August, Pekin city council members passed an ordinance requiring property owners to clear snow from sidewalks within 48 hours after a snowfall of two or more inches.

Monday, council voted to rescind the ordinance.

This stemmed from a class-action lawsuit the city the city settled in May. Council previously amended the ordinance to make someone responsible for clearing the sidewalks in order to be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and abide by the consent decree the city entered into. However, city staff says the ADA is not clear on sidewalk snow removal.

Residents have voiced their concerns on social media with the majority saying the City of Pekin should be responsible for snow removal.

Councilmember Karen Hohimer voted against rescinding the ordinance.

“So, if we are to be sued, that money that we would have to spend in another lawsuit would potentially take away from maybe, street projects, infrastructure projects potentially,” said Hohimer, “So, something has to be done. We can’t just turn a blind eye.”

Businesses will still be responsible for removing snow from their property.

Former Mayor Mark Luft was not in attendance Monday evening and a city staff member read a note from him. Luft says he worked hard to move Pekin forward and is proud of what he and his team accomplished.

Becky Cloyd will serve as mayor pro tem.