We are in the middle of a wonderful warm summer, green leaves on the trees, and colorful flowers on the ground. Residents can enjoy walking everywhere in their community. Those who serve us so well -- delivery personnel, daily caregivers, house cleaners, vehicle drivers, the faithful U.S. mail carriers, EMS, fire and police personnel -- can arrive at our homes and help us easily. Even those with any physical disability or impairment can get around safely.

We are in the middle of a wonderful warm summer, green leaves on the trees, and colorful flowers on the ground. Residents can enjoy walking everywhere in their community. Those who serve us so well -- delivery personnel, daily caregivers, house cleaners, vehicle drivers, the faithful U.S. mail carriers, EMS, fire and police personnel -- can arrive at our homes and help us easily. Even those with any physical disability or impairment can get around safely.

But wait. February is only five months past. Isn't it hard to remember what we went through during the February snow and ice storms? There were great disruptions, delays, accidents and broken bones.

On Tuesday, July 14, the first reading of the Snow and Ice Removal Ordinance by private property owners in Bexley was introduced at Bexley City Council's safety committee meeting. The second reading took place at the council meeting on July 28. The third and final reading will occur on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at council's regular meeting. At that time the seven members will vote on whether to pass the ordinance, or not. And, yes, the present wording has teeth in it. Let's keep it that way.

Bexley residents have an opportunity now to provide input and comments about this proposed ordinance.

So many communities, somewhat north of us in Columbus, have established comprehensive snow and ice removal ordinances with which both local businesses and private property owners have to comply. This is just a matter of course, and engenders no discussion.

These communities have demonstrated a regard for the safety of their pedestrian residents and workers. In spite of treacherous weather conditions they want life and business to continue as normally as possible.

Let's make sure this ordinance is passed in Bexley.