Mayor Buttigieg discusses snow removal and '#MySouthBend' campaign

Published: Dec. 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM EST
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As 2017 comes to a close, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is reminding residents of the South Bend's progress and showing off what's special about the city.

There is a #MySouthBend campaign taking place on Instagram. It's asking people to take a picture of something interesting in the city and upload it using the hashtag "#MySouthBend."

"From time to time, we'll put those on the city website," explains Buttigieg. "We're pushing them out over the city's own Instagram account. And it's a great way to get more eyes on all the different things to see in our community."

Last week, residents may have taken pictures of all the snow that fell in South Bend. While it may look pretty, it does cause safety issues.

Snowplow crews work 12 hour shifts, clearing streets, when the city has a substantial snowfall. They aren't the only ones though who need to clear snow.

"It is also really important for resident to do our part. That's why within 24 hours of that snowfall, we really need folks to clear the sidewalk. It's a safety concern."

If sidewalks in front of a home or business are not cleared in 24 hours, a fine could be given. Those who are disabled or unable to do it themselves can get a waiver. More information can be found on the


Mayor Buttigieg is also asking for more teens to get involved in South Bend's Youth Task Force.

Members can volunteer in the community and give public officials constructive feedback and recommendations.

"They deal with really important issues and they tackle really challenging issues too, like bullying and violence. This isn't just a feel good effort."

Those involved are selected from the city's different high schools. Details can be found