City, Agencies Announce “Snow Relief Team” Partnership

By: From 13 News/ City of Topeka
By: From 13 News/ City of Topeka

TOPEKA CITY HALL -- The City of Topeka and two area agencies have joined together to provide limited snow removal service for older citizens and those with a disability who qualify.

The City of Topeka, the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, and the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center announced today the 6th Annual “Snow Relief Team.” The team will consist of four or five crews of women inmates from the Topeka Correctional Facility, and two male inmate crews from Shawnee County Department of Corrections. Their task will be to remove snow on public sidewalks adjacent to properties of qualifying Topekans.

“We want to help our older citizens and persons with a disability with snow removal following large snows,” said Randy Speaker, Deputy City Manager. “Our focus will be on those Topeka residents who have limited incomes and who do not have able-bodied relatives to assist them in their time of need”.

Snow removal service will be available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. excluding holidays. Snow accumulation must be one inch or more. The City may decline to provide a service if weather is hazardous for the safety of City personnel and/or equipment.

Applications will be accepted until December 31st, 2011 or once 175 approved applications are submitted.

To qualify, a person must:

Reside in the property.

Property must be within the City of Topeka city limits AND

Have an income of no more than $35,500 per household per year for one person household or $40,550 per household per year for a two person household

Be 55 years of age or older OR

Have a disability AND

Have no other local family member that can help.

Have paved sidewalk or driveway (grass or rock covered areas will not be serviced.)

To see if you qualify for the Snow Relief Team assistance, call the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging at 235-1367 or the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center at 233-4572. Thank you!


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