Lansing Cracks Down on Shoveling Ordinance

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It's been a winter for the record books and for a long time Colby Skippergosh tried his best to keep up, but after a while, keeping the sidewalk clear just got to be too much.

"The plows come through and they just crush all that hard work," he said.

The sidewalks in front of his neighbors'? The same and Lansing hasn't done anything about it until now. It's a bad enough problem across the city that Mayor Virg Bernero, Wednesday, announced a crackdown on home and business owners who fail to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall.

"What we've brought here today is a new initiative," said Police Chief Mike Yankowski. "Where you're seeing police going out and enforcing the snow ordinance."

If it looks like the homeowner at least tried to clear the sidewalk, it only warrants a warning, anything worse could get someone ticketed. Fines start at $50 for the first offense, then increases to $100 for the second and $200 for the third, but Mayor Bernero says the goal isn't to collect fines. It's to keep the city safe and people out of the streets.

"For people who rely on their two feet for transportation, it's a very serious matter. For kids who have to walk to and from school, it's a very serious matter," said the mayor.

The crackdown is mostly focusing on Tier 1 roads, or roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or more and are near schools and businesses.

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