Mayor Steven Fulop will introduce an ordinance to create a Street Cleaning Review Commission and propose amendments to the city’s current street cleaning schedule.
According to the city, this measure would improve residents’ quality of life as municipal street cleaning procedures have become increasingly disruptive to traffic patterns and parking throughout the city.
“During the pandemic, we stopped street cleaning to minimize hardships for residents – especially as more people remain home,” said Mayor Fulop. “What we found is that the antiquated procedures are burdensome and unnecessary with the more modern and efficient street cleaning equipment procured in recent years. We listened to community feedback, and with these changes it’s our goal to improve quality of life for residents, reduce costs, eliminate confusion, and create more parking availability simultaneously.
If approved by the city council, the new commission would work with the city’s Division of Engineering, Traffic & Transportation and the city Division of Parking Enforcement to review street cleaning procedures and policies throughout the city.
According to the city, It will also recommend a new citywide cleaning schedule to efficiently reduce cleaning on most streets as well as analyze and review procedures to eliminate waste and increase efficiency.
The Street Cleaning Review Commission will include one mayor designee, one Department of Public Works designee, and there members of the community as designated by the city council.
Within 90 days, the committee will be required to present its review and make recommendations to the administration.
Upon final approval by the city council, the new schedule will then be implemented on Jan. 1, 2022 to allow time for signage to be changed and for necessary processes to be put into place.
“Parking is a quality of life issue in urban areas nationwide, and this modification is part of our broader efforts to improve efficiency and reduce hardships for residents wherever possible in a post-pandemic setting,” said Mayor Fulop.
Street sweeping schedules for major roadways will continue unaffected twice a week, while side streets with less traffic and debris will see a reduction in street sweeping to once a week.
The commission will also be tasked with designating appropriate roadways and routes.