Sirens fare well in city snow survey

Evanston’s emergency air sirens, notifying residents that snow-related parking restrictions are in effect, have their fans.

The sirens, whose piercing sound has drawn criticism from some community members over the years, ranked third as the most preferred notification method after emails and texts, according to the results of city snow survey.

About 250 residents participated in the survey, which sought residents’ opinions on snow removal operations and parking restrictions during last winter, which, according to snow totals, was the city’s snowiest yet.

Of those responding to the survey, 77 percent reported they were satisfied with the siren method.

Although texting was the second most preferred method, only 42 percent of the respondents reported being satisfied with text message alerts.

Public Works officials Suzette Robinson, director of public works, Jim Maiworm, superintendent of streets & sanitation, and Cindy Plante, a governmental intern with the city, reported the findings.

On the survey:

• A majority of respondents, a whopping 81 percent, were satisfied with snow removal on primary streets.

• That number fell to 56 percent on the satisfaction with snow removal on residential streets;

• Roughly 68 percent of the respondents favoring that the city plow alleys. At the same time, only 43 percent responding would be willing to pay more taxes to support that service.

• About 57 percent of the respondents were opposed to the city plowing sidewalks; and 65 percent would be opposed to paying more taxes for that service.

Evanston City Council members are scheduled to discuss in more depth the survey results at their council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday in the second floor council chambers of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 N. Ridge Ave.

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