Dearborn residents required to remove snow from sidewalks

Snow accumulation of 3 inches or more must be cleared from sidewalks, ramps

DEARBORN –  Dearborn residents and property owners are required to keep sidewalks and ramps to crosswalks clear of snow and ice, city officials said.

Doing so helps keep pedestrians and school children safe when walking, and allows access to businesses.

If sidewalks are not cleared after significant snowfall, the city can step in and remove snow or dangerous ice. Property owners would then get a bill from the city for the abatement plus at least a $75 additional fee.

The penalty to property owners will increase with each offense, with the fourth violation in a calendar year resulting in misdemeanor charges.

City ordinances give property owners 24 hours after the snowfall has ended to remove accumulations of three inches or more or any dangerous ice from public sidewalks and ramps leading to crosswalks. If multiple snowfalls add up to three inches, then the same rules apply.

Abatement and enforcement will be a priority in areas heavily travelled by pedestrians, such as those near businesses or schools or on walking routes to those areas.