Alderman wants snow cleared in neighborhoods

February 4, 2011 3:16:22 PM PST
One Chicago alderman says now that downtown streets are cleared, she wants resources moved to the neighborhoods.

Ald. Freddrenna Lyle said many people are calling her 6th Ward office concerned about the snow removal efforts.

She says the strong winds created waist high drifts in some streets, which means some her constituents can't get to work.

"My concern is really beyond the fact that people are losing money not being able to get to work," Lyle said. "I have so many seniors out here and there are so many seniors all over the city and people who have doctors appointments and they have dialysis treatments they've got to get to."

"It wasn't a problem. It's just something we have to deal with. The city can only do so much," said Thomas Taylor, a 6th Ward resident

Taylor said he and some other men cleared the snow from their block.

Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne said on Friday that clearing 3,300 miles of side streets will take time.