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Building off of Lansing’s recently adopted Complete Streets ordinance, the City adopted a snow and ice removal ordinance earlier this week. The ordinance is a natural extension of the City’s Complete Streets policy as it insures that the sidewalks will be accessible to all users even in the winter months. If residents do not clear their sidewalk within 24 hours of a snowstorm, they could receive a notice from the city of its plan to clear it for them at a minimum cost of $116 added to their property tax bill. The City has struggled with this issue in recent years, especially in regards to vacant property owners who do not properly maintain their walks. Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council, a Michigan Complete Streets Coalition partner, was the driving force behind the ordinance.
Complete Streets legislation, H.B. 6151 and 6152, passed* unanimously out of the Senate Transportation Committee today! The Committee had only planned on taking testimony today, but we must have won them over with a packed room, an overflowing table of written testimony and numerous articulate, well-spoken supporters. The bills will now move on to the Senate floor for a full vote.
The room was once again packed with advocates who voiced their support for Complete Streets, including organizations such as SEMCOG, Let’s Save Michigan, Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) and AARP Michigan to local citizens like Lyndon Babcock and Michelle Miles. After hearing children from the Program to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC) testify, Senator Basham commented, “Certainly, Connor, Katie and James helped me make up my mind.”
Congratulations to all of our supporters, and a special thank you to those who submitted written testimony and spoke at today’s hearing.
* The Committee inadvertently excluded H.B. 6152, the second Complete Streets bill in the package, from their vote today. Chairman Gilbert said the committee will discharge H.B. 6152 out of committee with recommendation to the Senate floor.