Snow Clearing Reminder
The snow may have melted for now, but with more winter weather likely just around the corner. The City of Linden has an important reminder to keep sidewalks in front of your home or business clear of snow and ice this winter. The elderly, disabled, and school children especially, need sidewalks to be cleared for safe passage during the winter months. Your neighbors are counting on you! Please do your part to maintain a safe and accessible pathway by clearing your snow and ice within 24 hours of accumulation.
As you are clearing your sidewalks and driveways, do not push, plow, or shovel snow into the street, as this is illegal, interferes with the snow removal and clean up process, and can create driving hazards. Finally, please remember to keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
LINDEN MUNICIPAL CODE (EXCERPT)
12.08.020 Sidewalks to be cleared.
A. The occupant of any premises, or the owner of any unoccupied premises, is required to keep the sidewalks in front of or adjacent to such premises, so far as is practicable and reasonable, clear from snow, ice, rubbish, excessive dirt or any encumbrance, to facilitate pedestrian use. Whenever any snow or ice has fallen or accumulated, it shall be cleared within twenty-four hours after it has fallen or accumulated.
B. No person shall place, store ro exhibit any goods, wares, merchandise or material upon any public sidewalk in the city.
C. No person owning, building or repairing any house or other building shall permit any lumber, brick, plaster, mortar, earth, clay, sand, stone or other material to remain on the sidewalk after sunset of the day in which it was placed there, without permission, in writing, from the chief of police, subject to any safeguards he may prescribe, (Ord 79 Sec II, 1976)
12.08.030 Failure to clear. If any occupant or owner neglects or fails to clear ice, snow, debris or other obstructions from the sidewalk adjoining his premises within the time limited, or otherwise permits such obstructions to accumulate on such sidewalk, he is guilty of a violation of this chapter and in addition, the city may cause the same to be cleared and the expenses of removal shall become a debt to the city from the occupant or owner of such premises, and shall be collected as any other debt to the city. (Ord 79 Sec III, 1976)
MICHIGAN VEHICLE CODE Act 300 of 1949 (EXCERPT)
257.677a Obstruction of safety vision by removal or deposit of snow, ice, or slush prohibited.
(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Person” shall not include the state or a political subdivision of the state or an employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state operating within the scope of his duties.
(b) “Safety vision” means an unobstructed line of sight enabling a driver to travel upon, enter, or exit a roadway in a safe manner.
(2) A person shall not remove, or cause to be removed, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle other than off-road vehicles.
(3) A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice, or slush onto or across a roadway or the shoulder of the roadway in a manner which obstructs the safety vision of the driver of a motor vehicle.
(4) A person shall not deposit, or cause to be deposited, snow, ice or slush on any roadway or highway.