PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Nutter made the rounds and lent a helping hand in several neighborhoods as Philadelphia spent Monday digging out. He also made it a point to remind residents of the city’s new shoveling law.
On the 2100 block of South 21st Street, the mayor got some exercise using the lexicon of new language in the city code.
“Give me 36,” the mayor said, “We’re asking folks to clear a 36-inch wide path, three feet wide, on their sidewalks so people can stay on the sidewalk and not be out on the street.”
Youngsters across the city, including Darren Shelton, had shovels in hand and were trying to “Give a 36” and make a few extra bucks. “So far, we got some ‘no thank you’s,'” Shelton said, “That’s ok, we’re still working.”
Mayor Nutter recalls the past when his parents wouldn’t let him accept money to shovel a neighbor’s sidewalk and Shelton agreed that if an elderly person needed it, he would shovel for free.
The snow emergency remains in effect to allow crews to salt and plow; which means vehicles parked along snow routes will be ticketed and towed. If your car gets the hook, call 3-1-1 for its location.
Also, trash collection was suspended Monday while sanitation vehicles were redeployed to snow plowing chores. Residents with regular Monday collection should hold their trash until next week. Tuesday through Friday collections will remain on a regular schedule.
Reported by: Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio