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Quick Takes: 2020-01-03

  • In case you missed it, it’s a new year.  Remember to start writing 2019 2020 on your checks.
  • Now that we’ve had some snow (even though it disappeared), it might be time to brush up on the rules regarding shoveling your sidewalks.

    In order to provide safe passage to pedestrians, sidewalks must be kept clear of snow and ice. It is the responsibility of property owners to remove snow from sidewalks by 11 a.m. each day. When snow continues to fall during the day after that time, then additional efforts should be made.

    The full ordinance can be found here.

    Lodi’s sidewalks are used quite heavily by everyone from grade schoolers to grandparents. Sidewalks that aren’t kept clear–especially those that get slushy and then re-freeze–can become treacherous to walk.  Last winter, several untended sidewalks became bad enough that pedestrians chose to walk in the street instead–including along Hwy 113.  Untended sidewalks can result in fines from the city or lawsuits if someone falls and injures themselves.

  • At the December’s meeting, the City Council approved (with contingencies) the petition from owner Peter Tonn to split the buildings housing the Buttercream Bakery and the old Dime Store into two separate properties (they are currently a single property).  This will allow for the sale of the Main Street building on it’s own should someone wish to purchase it.  The contingencies include a new survey of the properties and recognition of an easement (the alley) between the Dime Store and the building housing Edward Jones.
  • The two buildings formerly housing the Victorian Dreams Bed & Breakfast are now up for sale.  The owners have indicated that there will be an estate sale sometime this month for the furnishings.
  • If you haven’t taken down your Christmas tree yet, it should be placed next to the street (on your yard or on the boulevard if your property has one, with the trunk facing the street.  City crews will pick them up and mulch them.
  • A final reminder:  If you want to run for any of the open offices in the City of Lodi, the forms are due Tuesday the 7th by 5:00pm at City Hall.  This is a hard deadline.

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