When the City of Lansing told Cynthia Morrill she had to clean the ice and snow off her sidewalk, last Winter, she thought she did the right thing.
"I have two small children, so I had to leave them inside and run out and clear the sidewalk off as quickly as I could," she said. "There was a strip, maybe two or three inches wide that I didn't get to."
As it turns out, it wasn't enough. A Lansing crew later came by and cleaned up the remaining snow and ice. After assessing the amount of work done, the city says Morrill owes $176 in clean-up fees.
"It's frustrating," said Morrill.
Morrill isn't the only one frustrated. In total, 28 homes and businesses were flagged for not removing snow and ice and face fees of anywhere between $124 and $228, depending on how much work was done.
"This is actually following through in our promise that we're going to do our part in ensuring a safe city," said Lansing Chief Operations Officer, Chad Gamble.
According to Gamble, the fees are part of a second-year ordinance that allows the city to clear snow and ice off of sidewalks, if property owners don't do it themselves.
The fees act as a way to reimburse the city for the work.
"We want to make sure that people know if they don't do their job as a citizen and a local business to clear the snow in front of their business or house, then we will come and clear it," said Gamble.
Before anyone is billed, the Lansing City Council has to approve the fees. At a Monday public hearing, some claimed the city never came out and cleaned the sidewalk. Public Service Committee Chair Derrick Quinney says concerns can be brought to a committee meeting on August 7th at 1:15 p.m.
"We'll take their concerns into consideration and address them accordingly," said Quinney.
After the Public Service Committee meeting, the city council will vote on the fees.