Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow?

snow“Let it snow” is not just a line used in numerous holiday songs, it’s a reality that many of us in Michigan face. As the winter months continue, here’s what you need to know about snow removal in Old Town.

While the City of Lansing does plow the streets, we rely on property/business owners and volunteers to help keep our sidewalks tidy so that shoppers and visitors have a clear path to the buildings.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each property or business owner to remove the snow surrounding their building. According to city ordinance, snow and ice must be removed from the sidewalks within 24 hours after snowfall. Failure to do so may result in a notice being posted to the property, which will give you another 24 hours to take care of the precipitation. If a sidewalk remains uncleared, property owners could face a fine starting at $149.

Currently, Lansing does not allow overnight street parking. Vehicles parked on the street between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. during the winter months are more likely to be hit with a $20 ticket. This is so that city plows can restore road conditions to the best of their abilities each night after snowfall.

Keeping Old Town’s streets and sidewalks safe this winter is a big job and we rely on community members the most! By shoveling snow, you play a significant role in the safety, walkability and beautification of Old Town.

by Katie Davidson, OTCA communications intern