Several local communities have temporarily suspended their ordinances requiring sidewalks to be cleared of snow within 24 hours of a storm.
The City of Lansing announced at a press conference that they will suspend their sidewalk clearing requirements for 48 hours, because of potentially dangerous weather conditions.
The City of Jackson's mayor Jason Smith posted an announcement " We are temporarily SUSPENDING the 24-Hour sidewalk clearing rule in order to allow more time for people to clear their sidewalks due to the extraordinary snow conditions."
Delta Township is suspending enforcement of the sidewalk clearing ordinance through Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
East Lansing's mayor Nathan Triplett posted an announcement on his Facebook page, "ATTENTION EAST LANSING RESIDENTS: I have issued a snow emergency declaration for the City of East Lansing. The declaration prohibits all nonessential public and private travel on city streets. Parking on all city streets is prohibited. These restrictions will remain in effect until the declaration is lifted. All nonessential City of East Lansing facilities will be closed tomorrow. Due to dangerously low temperatures and wind chills, enforcement of the City of East Lansing's snow removal ordinance for property owners is suspended for tomorrow. It will be unsafe to be outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Under these conditions, frostbite can occur within 30 minutes. Please exercise caution and remain indoors if possible."
Other communities like Meridian Township have sent out reminders to people requesting that they clear their sidewalks. If you are unsure about your local township, or city, call your city offices to double check their policy.