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2016 Snow Removal Responsibilites

by Katy McBenge
Friday, December 16, 2016


Subject:                        Keeping Sidewalks Accessible for Everyone
Primary Contact:         Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk
Issued:                          December 14, 2016



With winter’s arrival, the City of Traverse City reminds residents and business owners that they are responsible for the removal of any snow and ice that accumulates on the sidewalks immediately adjacent to their property.  City officials are also encouraging residents to help their neighbors and relatives who have difficulty removing snow from their sidewalks.

 “Almost all of us travel by foot for a portion of our daily trips,” said City Clerk Benjamin Marentette.  “As a community, particularly when we have a traditional Northern Michigan winter, we need to work together to keep those sidewalks and crosswalks clear to help us all get around.”

 The City reminds everyone that many people rely on walking and transit as their primary way to access jobs, services, and businesses.  Without clear paths through snow and ice, it is especially difficult for people with disabilities, the elderly, and children to walk safely.

 In addition, uncleared pathways make it difficult for firefighters and paramedics in cases of emergency. “Having clear sidewalks and pathways when emergency personnel, such as Fire Fighters and Police Officers, are responding, makes a huge difference when each moment is precious,” said Marentette.

 The City’s Department of Public Services is committed to clearing sidewalks after major snow events, with priorities being primary corridors and sidewalks near schools.  However, during prolonged snowfalls, sidewalks may not be cleared for several days and there are portions of the sidewalk network that are not cleared by DPS.   “When residents promptly clear snow and ice, they play a critical part in keeping Traverse City moving,” said Marentette.

 New in 2014, the City released a public service announcement as a reminder to everyone to keep their sidewalks clear.  This PSA is available in both video and audio form.  In addition, some residents or businesses may find a door hanger on their door this year as a reminder to keep sidewalks clear.  The door hanger emphasizes the importance of sidewalk snow removal and safe winter travel.

 Residents who would like to report a problem related to the enforcement of the City’s snow removal ordinance, are encouraged to call Code Enforcement Officer Mike Trombley, 922-4414 or visit the City of Traverse City website at

 High definition video available upon request; for delivery or upload, please email Mayor Pro Tem Gary Howe: