LETTER: Some winter thoughts from a senior
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During our last few snowfalls, I wondered how to find someone to clear the driveway of the snowbank left by the street snowplows provided by the city and clean snow from the entry, so the mailman could get through easily. This to say nothing of snow on the roof and decks, entryways etc.
Not a difficult problem for younger folks, although it takes some equipment, but I just turned 87 and don’t get along too well with snow shovels and snowblowers.
Luckily, my neighbors came to the rescue on the big stuff this year, but we had the deck and entryway to deal with as well. We hired a friend to shovel the deck, but he is not that sturdy anymore so worried about injuring himself.
This brought to mind this is a common predicament for many Park Rapids area residents, elderly or not. Maybe there is a common solution to think about?
It would be great if we could sign up for this service to a common provider coordinated at the community level. We would pay the established fee and the coordinating body would identify providers of those services and do the scheduling. Contractors or private folks with the essential equipment would be contracted to “keep their area” clear and safe without patrons having to worry about it.
This has several advantages beyond the immediate benefits of snow removal. We wouldn’t have to buy and maintain moderately expensive, heavy equipment, our residences would be safer with early access to main roads, maintenance would be more uniform and many more, but most importantly, we could depend on the service every year at a rate we could all plan for.
Just some thoughts while my formerly aching muscles have the strength and coordination to type.