Many Kalamazoo residents rely on public sidewalks each day, including children walking to school and residents with mobility difficulties. During the winter months, accumulated snow and ice prevents residents from safely utilizing sidewalks and further impacting their mobility.
City ordinance requires the owners or occupants of properties within the city limits to remove snow and ice from any adjacent public sidewalks, walkways and alleys. This enables people of all ages and physical condition to have access to clean walkways during the winter months. Although required by ordinance, clearing snow and ice should simply be looked upon as a courtesy to neighbors and all residents that rely on this infrastructure for their mobility.
The City reminds property owners or occupants that:
- All snow and ice which has accumulated on the adjacent public sidewalk should be removed in a timely fashion. Immediately after the accumulation of ice on such a sidewalk it is recommended that it be treated with sand, salt or other substance to prevent it from being slippery.
- Please exercise caution and care when shoveling, especially during extreme cold.
Residents are also encouraged to assist neighbors or family who may have difficulty removing snow from their properties due to physical condition.
If any citizen has a concern regarding sidewalk snow removal more than 48 hours after the end of an accumulation greater than one inch, Public Services is ready to help. Citizens may call (269) 337-8215 during regular business hours to report locations which may be of concern or visit www.kalamazoocity.org/report.