City Residents Reminded to Keep Sidewalks Clear of Snow this Winter

Clear sidewalks are an important element in providing safe travel for residents during snowfall events. The Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances requires property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their properties in a timely fashion. Maintaining clear sidewalks is also a courtesy to your neighbors and to all those in our community who rely on sidewalks. Please assist neighbors and relatives who may have difficulty removing snow. If you have a concern regarding the lack of sidewalk snow removal more than 48 hours after the end of an accumulation greater than one inch, please report locations which may be of concern online here or by calling (269) 337-8215.

With winter weather arriving, please review the ordinances below related to snow removal:
 
  1. The owner or occupant of any property within the City shall remove any accumulation of snow or rubbish from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting, or adjoining such property within 48 hours of its accumulation or placement on said public sidewalk.

  2. The owner or occupant of any property within the City shall remove any accumulation of ice or otherwise make safe by the application of sand, salt, sawdust, or similar material in such manner and quantity to prevent it from being slippery from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting, or adjoining such property within 12 hours of its accumulation and thereafter remove such ice as soon as practicable.

  3. Any person in violation of this section shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a fine of $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense committed within six months of a first offense, and $200 for a third or subsequent offense committed within six months of a first offense, and any costs imposed by the court.

§ 33-19 Deposit of snow on streets and sidewalks. [P. & L. Code § PL708; amended 5-7-2018 by Ord. No. 1964]

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited any accumulation of snow or ice from roofs of buildings, publicly or privately owned parking lots, drive-in service places and other off-street areas, upon any street, alley, sidewalk or crosswalk. Snow naturally falling on a public right-of-way may be deposited in the area between the curb and sidewalk.

  2. A person in violation of this section shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a fine of $100, and any costs imposed by the court.
  • § 33-20 Removal of snow and other obstructions by City at expense of owner or occupant of adjacent property. [P&L Code § PL709; amended 5-7-2018 by Ord. No. 1964]
    1. If any occupant or owner shall neglect or fail to remove ice, snow or rubbish from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting or adjoining his/her property within the time allowed or shall otherwise permit ice, snow or rubbish to accumulate on such public sidewalk, the City Manager or the designee of the City Manager may cause the ice, snow or rubbish to be cleared at the expense of such occupant or owner. The expense of removal and its associated administrative fee shall become a debt owed to the City from the occupant or owner of such property and shall be collected as any other debt to the City, and if not paid within 30 days after billing, shall become a lien in favor of the City against the said benefited property. The lien shall be assessed the same as real property taxes are assessed and levied.

    2. Property owners and occupants will be given notice of §§ 33-18 through 33-20 in November of each year through a public posting in a public newspaper of general circulation in the City and on the webpage maintained by the City. These will be the only required public notices given for §§ 33-18 through 33-20

     

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