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Sidewalk Snow/Ice Removal Reminder from the City

This winter, the City will be sending the attached postcard to residents, businesses and property owners in Ann Arbor about responsibilities when it comes to sidewalk snow and ice. The City is encouraging everyone to help their neighbors and community this winter by taking care of snow and ice on sidewalks to create a safer and more walkable community that helps each of us to travel, exercise and keep safe distances. The City will also be sharing this information on Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor.


More detailed information on sidewalk snow and ice can be found on online at https://www.a2gov.org/sidewalksnow


From the postcard:

Property owners are responsible for removing and/or treating snow/ice on sidewalks, crosswalk ramps and bus stops with concrete pads adjacent to their property. Everyone is encouraged to be on the lookout for ways to help their neighbors clear sidewalks, especially during difficult times. By doing so, we can create a safer and more walkable community that helps each of us to travel, exercise and keep safe distances. Let’s care for one another this winter.


To report a problem sidewalk, please use the A2 Fix It app, visit https://www.a2gov.org/a2fixit or call 734.794.6942.


RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY: Within 24 hours, any accumulation of snow greater than 1 inch must be cleared from adjacent sidewalks (A), concrete bus stop walks (B) and crosswalk ramps (C). Any ice accumulations must be treated within 18 hours of forming with sand, salt or other substance, to prevent it from becoming slippery. The city is not responsible for clearing mailboxes (D) of snow and/or ice.


NON-RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY: All snow/ice which has accumulated prior to 6 a.m. on a sidewalk adjacent to property shall be removed by noon the same day. Snow and ice from walks and ramps that are at bus stops or that lead to a marked or unmarked crosswalk must also be removed. The owner or occupant shall keep the sidewalk effectively treated with sand, salt or other suitable substance in such manner as to prevent ice from being dangerous until such time as it can be removed.