Removing ice from residential streets

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With many residential streets still covered in ice, the question of whose job it is to clear them keeps coming up.

Many Little Rock residents live in a subdivision or pay dues to a homeowner's association. But does it mean that the city is exempt from clearing roads?

The short answer is no. According to the Little Rock Public Works Department, the city does clear residential streets but only after emergency vehicles and driving hazards are addressed.

"When we've contacted the city previously, they've always continuously said that they're short on resources," said Bryan Salerno, treasurer of the Madison Valley Property Owners Association

His group is ready to simply clear the roads themselves.

"We're looking at in our next homeowner's meeting, possibly looking at increasing dues to have a company come and actually take care of it," Salerno said.

"Any amount of snow or ice, this particular hill always becomes a hazard for the neighborhood."

Chris Masingill lives at the top of a treacherous hill in the Woodlands Edge neighborhood.

And with nearly 600 houses, the steep hill off Kanis Road is one of only two ways out.

"We pay POA dues and of all the streets in our subdivision you would think this is the one that would get the greatest amount of attention," he said.

In Masingill's opinion, it's up to the association to keep its residents safe by clearing dicey roads.

"It's a public street and the city has jurisdiction," said Ron Tyne, President of Woodlands Edge Community Association. "The association isn't set up or equipped to handle this type of event."

Little Rock Public Works said subdivisions can hire their own crews as long as the crew that clears the road doesn't damage city streets, sidewalks or drains.


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