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.

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