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New Haven funeral director pays to have street cleared

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Frustrated with narrow roads and zero parking, a New Haven business owner took matters into his own hands.

The owner of a funeral home in the Elm City hired a crew to clean the snow off his street, and the ones around it.

"It's been a pain to walk around, or even get out and about and do anything," said Becky Kruse, of New Haven.

Kruse, who was walking her dog on Thursday, said it was difficult navigating the slippery streets and sidewalks around Wooster Square.

"I don't even know if emergency vehicles could get down that street for a couple of days," said Paul Duda, of New Haven.

On Wednesday night, police accompanied private plows hired by the Iovanni Funeral Home director. The heavy equipment was parked behind the business on Thursday morning and will head back out Thursday night and Friday.

The funeral director said his processions had a hard time getting around the streets, so he thought clearing them off would be helpful for him and his neighbors.

New Haven has a citywide, weeklong parking ban as they work to widen the streets and clear parking spots. City officials say crews were slowed up a bit with the snow Tuesday, but have been working steadily.

"We're grateful for the patience and cooperation of residents and business owners. If residents feel the need to supplement what the city is doing, that's their prerogative, certainly," said Laurence Grotheer, the mayor's spokesperson.

The plan is to have all the streets done by this weekend.

New Haven resident Adam Berkwitt, like many other neighbors Eyewitness News talked to, said they are happy they'll have a spot Thursday night after work.

"I think this is great that I can come back and actually park my car," Berkwitt said.

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