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Fresh snow calls for additional snow shoveling for QCA residents.

Yet, not all cities require homeowners to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes.

Galesburg is one city that does not force its residents to keep the sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

Changing that policy comes up from time to time, and the mayor says he's been receiving calls from people worried about safety this winter.

Enough calls that the question of to shovel, or not to shovel, may be heading to the city council.

"Too much snow, too much ice," says 11 year old Chase Baldwin as he shovel's snow at his home.

It's his job to clear snow off his home's sidewalk and driveway. After he gave himself the position to earn a little cash.

"Last year I decided that this year I'd start shoveling driveways, and charging," says Baldwin.

Business has been slow for him lately. Few people have asked him to clear their sidewalks. Forcing the Baldwin's and others to walk in the street.

"If we try to walk anywhere, the sidewalks are all full of snow," says Chase's father, Steve Baldwin.

"Even on some of our main streets we see people walking in the streets and that's a major safety concern," says Galesburg Mayor John Pritchard.

He's received several calls on the subject this winter. Residents have seen children on their way to school walking in the street. Those concerns have stuck with him.

"I'd want to get myself informed first before I talk to the council about it," says Pritchard.

He has questions needing answers first. Would liability issues crop up, how would the city enforce an ordinance, what do other cities require? However, he feels the number of people clearing their walks just because, may be slipping.

"I think as our population has aged over the last couple of decades, that's probably an issue," says Pritchard.

He's unsure if the city needs an ordinance in place, but both the Baldwin's support such a move.

"I would want them to have the sidewalks cleaned," says Steve.

"That would help a lot, help me, and it'd help my little hamster inside, give her a little treat, and my girlfriend," says Chase.

Capitalism, at work.

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