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Complaints pile up about side street snow removal

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Some people might be shoveling far past their driveway, basically hand-plowing their street.  Don't blame the city though, because some neighbors might be to blame too. Some people might be shoveling far past their driveway, basically hand-plowing their street. Don't blame the city though, because some neighbors might be to blame too.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Some people might be shoveling far past their driveway, basically hand-plowing their street.  Don't blame the city though, because some neighbors might be to blame too.

While Hai Vu's nieces played in the powder, he was hard at work, tackling his side street on the city's northeast side.

"The truck didn't get the side for us to park on, so we've got to shovel the snow," Vu said.

He and others in the area took issue with the city's work.

"Every year when it snows like this, we always got to manually shovel ourselves to get out," Tony Bui said.

But the city says when people park on both sides of the street, it limits what they can do.

"There's only so much we can do when there are cars on both sides of the street. It is harder to get in.  It is harder to clean the streets effectively," said Sean Demory of the city's Public Works Department.

That was why the city asked residents to park on one side only - north or west.

"We have narrow streets. We have many people who park on the street frequently and those all cause challenges for the city in terms of serving the side streets," Tiffany Moore said.

So in Moore's more affluent Armour Hills neighborhood, homeowner's association dues pay for a private plow on the side streets, so city crews can focus on the main roads.

Teamed with an email blast to all 1,100 homes, they get cars sorted onto one side before the plow comes through.

"We see it as being part of the larger community. So for the services that the city has that they can then share in other areas," Moore said.

That may be why Vu's street looks just as clear as Moore's privately plowed one.

After all, one could consider shoveling the driveway, in a block without one, a task less taxing when it's a snow day all around.

"Since we're not working today, might as well shovel some snow," Vu said.

Some people say they didn't know about the west-north parking request. That is because it is announced by mass media, not individual phone calls.

But for those reading, plows will be back out for another pass Thursday, and residents will get a broader, cleaner sweep if they can get those cars jockeyed on that one side.

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