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St. Clair Shores Declares Snow Event

Residents must remove ice or snow from public walkways by Wednesday.

St. Clair Shores declared a snow event at 8 a.m. Monday, which requires residents to remove ice or snow from public walkways within 48 hours.

According to city ordinance, residents must remove ice or snow from all public walkways by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

By ordinance, the mayor or the city manager may declare a snow event after 2
inches of snow has fallen or accumulated.

After the time has passed, the cityʼs snow removal contractor will travel the city. If a violator is found, a written notice will be placed on the resident's property giving them 24 hours to remove the snow.

If the snow is not removed within 24 hours, the contractor will remove it. Time-stamped photos will be taken before and after the work has been completed and a notice will be left at the home to inform residents that the city removed the snow or ice.

Penalties and fees for violations during a snow event may be assessed as follows according to the city:

  • First offense: $30 or the actual contractor’s cost to remove the snow or ice plus a $65 administrative fee. No ticket will be issued.
  • Second offense: $30 or the actual contractor’s cost to remove the snow or ice, the $65 administrative fee, and a civil infraction ticket of up to $50 plus court costs.
  • Third offense: $30 or the actual contractor’s cost to remove the snow or ice, the $65 administrative fee, and a civil infraction ticket of up to $100 plus court costs.

Residents who do not agree with the penalties and fees may appeal in writing to the City Manager within 21 days after receiving the invoice for the City snow
removal. If the resident does not agree with the City Manager’s decision, an appeal can be made to the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals, according to the city. The decision of the Board of Appeals is final.

Mother Nature may help residents. According to the National Weather Service, the forecast a high of 56 degrees Tuesday with a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

For information regarding snow events, call 586-447-3399.

John T January 28, 2013 at 06:14 PM
What was the Mayor's penalty for not removing the snow on the residents streets this past snow storm. If that happens again i won't vote for him. 2 weeks later and had troubles driving down my street due to ruts.

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