Show a little respect, clear your sidewalk
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Given no sidewalk, people on foot are going to walk in the street. Often putting them right in the lane of traffic, like below-left. Less intrepid people, but whose only option is walking or a wheelchair, are likely just to stay home.
In other places, we have sidewalks and in the winter they are often impassable. As a courtesy, the City attempts to clear the sidewalk network, but it’s a low priority and with each new snowfall Public Works starts back at the beginning of their cycle with the critical areas around schools and the hospital. Cleared sidewalks like below-right are rare.
This is a reminder that it is our responsibility as city residents and business owners to clear the walk in front of our homes and establishments. It can be difficult to do when your pressed for time and your focus is getting out the back door to the garage, and you might not even ever think about the front of your house and property, but it is still your responsibility.
In many cities, where they have taken safety and accessibility seriously, they bill residents who fail to comply with snow removal ordinances–see Ann Arbor’s policy, Lansing’s, and Saline, Michigan’s (the latter starts with a $25 fine, 2nd time is $50, and the third is $100.) All three have resources for the elderly or those with disabilities.
Is Traverse City ready to add enforcement ($) to its snow removal ordinance?
- Some suggestions made for the City last year: As the last snow falls, start thinking about next winter
City Ordinance 668.11 [Removal of Snow and Ice; Responsibility, Costs.] requires that “the removal of snow and ice from private property and the sidewalk abutting or crossing private property shall be the responsibility of the occupant of such private property.”
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