The City of Kalamazoo has sent out a release urging homeowners to clear snow from public sidewalks as soon as possible.

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The release says: "During the winter months, many City of Kalamazoo residents (including children walking to school and the physically challenged) need to be able to safely use the public sidewalks. This means that all snow and ice should be removed by the property owner from the public sidewalk. This enables people of all ages and physical condition to have access to clean pedestrian walkways. An important element in providing safe passage of pedestrians during snow events is in the hands of City of Kalamazoo residents themselves, namely, the removal of snow and ice from public sidewalks. There is an ordinance regarding snow removal that identifies the responsibilities of citizens in removing snow from sidewalks. However, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks should simply be looked upon as a combination of courtesy and caring toward all those who need to use sidewalks.

"The City reminds property owners or occupants that:

"All snow and ice which has accumulated on the adjacent public sidewalk should be removed in a timely fashion. Immediately after the accumulation of ice on such a sidewalk it is recommended that it be treated with sand, salt or other substance to prevent it from being slippery.

"If any citizen has a concern regarding sidewalk snow removal more than 48 hours after the end of an accumulation greater than one inch, Public Services is ready to help. Citizens may call (269) 337-8215 (M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to report locations which may be of concern."

Source: City of Kalamazoo release