On behalf of all of us at the City of Leavenworth, I want to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a joyous and blessed Christmas season. We are so fortunate to live in such a winter wonderland, but along with all this beautiful snow, we need to remember that this time of year creates a few wintertime issues for all of us who live inside the city limits. Just a reminder that, by ordinance, it is the resident's responsibility to remove the snow and ice from sidewalks in front of our homes to prevent unsafe conditions for our friends and neighbors, especially our school age children. This is an ordinance that is sometimes difficult to enforce, but we all need to be aware of the danger of snow and ice on our sidewalks and the resident's responsibility to keep them passable. If you have elderly or disabled neighbors, maybe you can get together with some of your other neighbors and find a way to assist them with their snow removal. What a lovely gift for someone who has real difficulty clearing their snow.
Our friends at the U.S. Post Office have also reminded us that we need to keep the area around our mailboxes clear enough of snow to allow for normal mail delivery. Our local mailman also brought to our attention something I hadn't even thought about. On garbage pickup days, some residents place their garbage cans so close to their mailbox that it obstructs mail delivery. This is also true of our recycling bins. So take a minute to think about where you place your cans on pick-up days and make winter life a little easier for your mailman too.
And finally, there's the winter parking regulations. As you probably know, winter parking regulations prohibit on-street overnight parking to allow for snow plowing. So please make some plans for off-street parking of your family's vehicles and remind your overnight guests to avoid an expensive parking ticket.
May God bless you as you hug your family and friends a little tighter and say a prayer for the victims of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Our hearts go out to that grieving community in this Christmas season, as we are reminded to count our own blessings, one of which is living in such a wonderful town as Leavenworth.
Mayor Farivar may be reached at Leavenworth City Hall or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org