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Street Cleaning Season Begins In Two Days
UPDATE 11:36 AM: New street cleaning schedule is posted at Streets & Sanitation website.
UPDATE 9:33 AM: Streets & Sanitation responds.
“We hope to have the street sweeping schedule posted soon,” says Matt Smith, spokesperson for Streets & Sanitation. “We have a lot of areas to cover so it might take a little time to get all of the components online.”
ORIGINAL POST: While Chicago’s street cleaning season is only 48 hours away from its official start on April 1st, the Streets & Sanitation Department has still not posted the city’s 2011 schedule for street sweeping.
As of midnight Wednesday, the Streets & San website still had a place holder image that simply stated, “Street Sweeping Information Is Still Being Updated.”
In addition, the link to the 2010 schedule is still active and is causing confusion with at least one ward office. One aldermanic staff member claims their office is getting calls from confused constituents who are unsure whether to believe the schedule posted on the ward’s website or the one posted at the city’s Streets & Sanitation website.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Watch channel 32 tonight at 9 to see this story we teamed up on with Fox Chicago News.
Politics is dirty business.
Especially in the City of Chicago.
But some aldermen have taken this old adage to an entirely new level.
Another Street Sweeping Alert Service Debuts In Chicago
Believe it or not, now there are two different services to help you evade those pesky street sweeper tickets.
Designed and run by Joel Guy, 28, a Logan Square local working in IT, this messaging reminder site hopes to modernize how we park during street cleaning season.
New Service Reminds Drivers To Move Cars By E-mail, Text
If you’re sick and tired of getting tickets for forgetting to move your car on street cleaning day, then there’s a new service just for you.
A new service has popped up for those of us looking to avoid yet another street sweeping season of the orange blight.
StopParkingTickets.com is the brainchild of Greg Bukowski and Molly Curry, an Old Town couple annoyed with the surge of parking tickets that inevitably follow the April 1 start of street cleaning.
For $9.99 a year, their service alerts Chicagoans of their street’s day for regular street cleaning, through both an email the night before and a text message the morning of. The text message arrives with enough time before the 9 AM enforcement deadline to allow their clients to move their car to a safe place.
After the past two weeks worth of controversial street sweeping changes the City of Chicago has just posted the new schedules for the street cleaning season.
It’s a little bit of work to figure it out, but worth the time to make sure the dates are on your calendar and your car doesn’t get ticketed.
STEP 1: Go to the Streets & Sanitation street sweeping webpage.
STEP 2: Locate your ward number.
There will be links to each ward’s schedule in the right column and a ward map in the right hand column.
STEP 3: Look at your ward’s map and locate your house or apartment.
Today, being April 1st, was the last day of the overnight winter parking ban.
So, drivers can go back to parking overnight on several hundred miles of major thoroughfares that you couldn’t park on from 3-7 AM every night/early morning from December 1 to today.
So no more tickets and tows for that.
The bad news?
It’s street cleaning season again starting today.
But, perhaps not this time.
Last Tuesday, just eight days from the traditional April 1st start of the Chicago street cleaning season, the administration decided to make a drastic change to how city streets get cleaned.
For decades, street cleaning was under the control of each of the 50 alderman and their ward’s Street and Sanitation Supervisor. With one street sweeper designated per ward, the two parties would put together a detailed schedule to make sure their ward got the proper amount of street cleaning per season.
But the mayor, facing a severe budget shortfall, and a shortage of street sweeper drivers due to layoffs, decided to switch street cleaning to a grid system. While on its face, the new system seems more efficient, alderman are complaining that the new plan will reduce the number of street cleanings by almost half in many cases and not allow for the type of flexibility needed to sweep on demand after street festivals, after running events, or even after traffic accidents.
But the city council seems to be pushing back.