Oak Park residents have done a nice job in trying to keep public sidewalks clear during this extraordinary winter. As a senior citizen who walks all over the village, I appreciate the effort to keep the sidewalks as safe as possible. 

Far more dangerous, however, are the mounds of snow that snowplows pile up where public sidewalks lead into streets. These mountains of frozen, icy snow are very difficult to navigate, and I believe the village should include making paths through these obstructions part of its snow-removal policy. 

A backhoe moving around on a flatbed truck would be an efficient way to accomplish this goal. Or, getting high schoolers to perform the task, either for pay or on a voluntary basis, would also work.

Jim Whalen, Oak Park

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