Emotions were running high when council members addressed the Snow and Ice Ordinance with citizens of the Lansing community at the regular city council meeting held Monday evening Nov. 10.
“The city of Lansing will announce a general notification to all residents before the first snowfall of the year that snow and ice must be removed from their sidewalks or they will be subject to cost of removal,” said A’Lynne Boles, President Third Ward Council Member.
Every owner or occupier of land will receive a general notice from the public service department in the newspaper about the general requirements related to this Ordinance.
It will also be the public service department’s job to give notice to every owner, possessor or occupier of land by placing a posting on the property at least 24 hours after snow or ice has fallen.
The posting will include at minimum the following provisions:
- Property owners must remove snow or ice from a public sidewalk
- Causing ice or snow to be placed upon a right-of-way so as to impair vehicular or pedestrian traffic is prohibited
- That 24 hours after posting, the city may remove or cause to be removed the snow or ice and the property owner will be assessed the city’s removal cost, including an administrative fee, as established by resolution from time to time
- The date and time the posting was placed on the property
Elaine Womboldt, a south Lansing resident and facilitator of “Rejuvenating South Lansing,” feels very strongly about this ordinance and speaks on behalf of her south Lansing community.
“Rejuvenating South Lansing focuses on bringing people together to share information, network, and work on problems and solutions together, said Womboldt. I speak more so for the elderly and we believe they should give us at least a 48-hour notice before attempting to fine us.”
“After all we are residents as well, elderly at that and shoveling snow is a hassle,” said Womboldt.
Kathie Dunbar, at Large Council Member, addresses Womboldt issues with suggestions that will benefit elderly, low income and disabled residents.
“The council plans to allow disabled homeowners to sign up for a list that will provide some services for those who are low income and unable to shovel their own snow, said Dunbar. They can connect with agencies that’ll assist with shoveling snow.”
The city of Lansing is also looking to create a program that will give community service to high school students, if they are willing to sign up. This will help out in the many elderly communities in the South Lansing area.
Council states that being disabled does not waive your duty to clear sidewalks.