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Snowy sidewalks could mean a fine for Davison residents

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(02/12/14) - A warning for Davison citizens - clear your snow-covered sidewalks or city workers will do it for you and you will pay the price.

In some cases, the fine could be as much as $181.

Davison Mayor Tim Bishop says there are certain things residents are expected to do, if you have a home in the city - clearing the snow off sidewalks is one of them.
Davison resident Ken Ware is well aware of how brutal this winter has been.

"It's been pretty crazy," he says.

Ware, who lives in the Carriage Crossing subdivision, has kept his sidewalks clean.

"The majority of citizens and residents do it, but we have to take care of the rest and make sure the rest comply as well," Bishop said.

Bishop says the last report he saw shows some 120 sidewalks have been identified, by code enforcement, as problem spots.

"That's a lot," he says. And a concern.

For example, Bishop says there are five walkable schools in the city. It's not safe for kids or for others wanting to walk in the city.

There are high traffic areas impacted, too.

"We noticed, after a few of the major storms, people were walking in the roads," Bishop said.

If city workers determine you aren't complying?

Bishop says residents will get a warning and then, if they don't comply within the few days they're given, the Department of Public Works would be notified, a worker would go clear the sidewalk and you would pick up the cost.

Bishop says the fine is $121 for up to 150 feet of sidewalk and another $60 would be added for extra area after that.

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