Lansing looks to collect snow removal fines

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Winter’s gone but the effects are still being felt for some people in Lansing.

The city of Lansing is looking back at when the snow did cover the sidewalks and they were handing out tickets to people who didn’t shovel.

Now the the city is working on collecting the money for the fines.

More than 170 properties were fined this past winter.

A list is required to be published by the clerk.

Of those on the list most received a $149 fine with one person getting hit with a bill for almost $400.

In all, the city could be getting close to $28,000 from people who didn’t shovel their sidewalks in a timely fashion.

However, property owners can fight their tickets at a public hearing on Monday May 9.

Here’s what the city of Lansing says about snow removal:

Residents have several responsibilities when it snows:

  • The occupant (or owner of an unoccupied parcel) must remove snow and ice from the sidewalk within 24 hours after the snow has fallen
  • When ice forms on sidewalks you must spread salt, ashes, saw-dust or sand on the sidewalk within 24 hours after the ice has formed
  • Snow and ice cannot be piled or pushed into the street of the shoulder of the road
  • Snow and ice cannot be piled in the public Right of Way – it cannot impair vehicular or pedestrian traffic or obstruct the view of a driver

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