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Not too soon for Joliet seniors to think about snow shovel service

It may hit 90 degrees this weekend, but it's not too hot for Joliet seniors to start thinking about signing up for the city's snow shoveling service.

The service is available to a limited number of seniors 65 and older and disabled residents of any age on a first-come, first-served basis.

The city will have $53,000 available for the service this year, which likely will make it available to more than 250 residents.

The registration period will start sometime during the first week of October, said Keith Jorstad, director of the city's Neighborhood Services Division.

Jorstad gave a brief report on the program Thursday to the City Council's Diversity and Community Relations Committee.

Some questions were asked about the online application process for the service.

"What if you don't have a computer?" Councilwoman Jan Quillman asked. "A lot of seniors don't have a computer. They don't know how to use them."

Jorstad said people can call or go to City Hall to sign up, as well.

"It's really easy," he said.

Joliet provides someone to shovel driveways and sidewalks leading from the driveway to the door during snowfalls of 2 inches or more.

The service began in 2018, when the city was able to serve 291 residents with $60,000 available. In 2019, 264 residents received the service with $49,000 available.

"We would expect to help a similar amount of people this year," Jorstad said.

Jorstad said the number of people served depends on the amount of money Joliet receives from federal Community Development Block grants and the cost of contracted shovelers.

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