Sidewalk Snow

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It's a thankless job, but someone has to do it.

Code enforcers in Lansing, East Lansing, and cities all over Michigan are looking for violators this week. In most cities, you must remove your snow within 24 hours.

The goal, they say, is to leave room for pedestrians to use the sidewalks and avoid accidents.

In Lansing, you will get warned once each winter, but the fines after that start at $25 to $50 if the speed limit is 30 mph or above and increase quickly with each offense.

In East Lansing, the fine is technically $85. There are no warnings, but they are giving $25 tickets for some offenses in the early parts of winter.

In Jackson, the city will send a private plower, and send you the bill plus administrative costs.

Check with your locality to find out the specific rules. If you have a complaint about a home or business, call your public safety department. In Lansing, call 483-4455.