Dec 22, 2011 6:02 PM by Andy Koen

Seeing green in all this white

Some are seeing dollar signs in all of the falling snowflakes. Michael Shannon and his family were out shoveling sidewalks trying to earn some extra cash for the holidays.

He says they don't have a set price but only ask homeowners to pay what they think is fair.

"It's lovely snow man," Shannon said. "We're out here just making a lot of money for real."

Colorado Springs City Code requires property owners to clear the sidewalks within 24 hours from when the snow stops falling. Steve Bodette, the Engineering Inspection Supervisor for the city explains that the code was written to keep public pathways safe.

"It's hard enough to get around on the streets when it snows and if we can help with the pedestrian access, that's what we like to do."

He says no one is out patrolling the sidewalks. Rather, his inspectors will respond on a complaint basis. To report an unshoveled walk call 385-5977. City offices are closed Monday due to the Christmas holiday and Bodette says the soonest they will take complaint calls is Tuesday.


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