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Deadline to Shovel Sidewalks Could Get Tougher

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The deadline to sidewalks in Lansing could get tougher. As it stands, you're expected to clear the sidewalk 24 hours after a snow storm, but the way it's currently set up, it takes five days.

City officials can post a warning on your door, but the 24-hour clock doesn't really start ticking until you get a second notice in the mail, which could take two days.

Last night's wet heavy snow  made it difficult for people to use their snow blowers. Some cleared their sidewalks the good old fashion way: with a shovel. But not everyone is being as proactive as the city would like. This season alone, the city of Lansing handed out nearly 200 notices to people warning them to remove snow from their sidewalks. Three people got ticketed and fined.

Now, the city is thinking about making their snow removal policy tougher. Chad Gamble, Director of Public Service, said they give people too much time. "The administrative process which is a minimum five days, is too long."

Gamble reassures residents that this is not about money. It's about safety.

"They'll be forced to walk in the street if they can't traverse the sidewalk," said Gamble. "If they're walking in the street, they can certainly get hit."
Some residents say cutting down the amount of time to ticket is not a bad idea. Others say it's unfair for the city to bump up the deadline, especially since it takes crews a while to get to the neighborhood streets.

As of now, the switch is just talk. It came up at the city council meeting Monday, but hasn't been put in a formal proposal. 6 News will continue to follow these updates.

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