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Leave it to that sleazy Ypsilanti City Council to start talking about snow removal procedures, fines, and administrative fees when the weather is still in the sixties.
Leave it to that sleazy Ypsilanti City Council to place two resolutions on snow removal procedures, fines, and administrative fees at the end of an agenda that may last for several days.
Damn you Ypsilanti City Council. Damn you all to hell.
At tonight’s Ypsilanti City Council meeting, among the dozens of topics we will tackle will be that of snow removal.
Recall this past winter when Council, in an effort to make the City more walkable, strengthened its snow removal ordinance and allowed the City remove the snow from non-shoveled sidewalks at the owner’s expense. It was a rock-solid policy.
Recall this past winter when Ypsilanti City Staff tried to implement said policy and totally botched it. Contractors where given poor instructions. Some properties were warned. Most were not. Addresses on the south side of a street were confused with addresses on the north side of a street, resulting in tickets for non-compliance of properties that really were in compliance. The worst part of all of this is that black helicopter conspiracy theories abounded with some actually believing the City randomly sent out fines just to see who would pay them.
Faith in government was shaken as a result of this poor implementation of a fabulous policy.
It was a dark time in Ypsilanti. A dark, snowy time.
The ordinance is as follows:
1) Snow must be removed within 48 hours after a snowfall.
2) If a property is found to be in non-compliance, a notice will be hung on the door requesting removal. The notice will have the date / time posted and the date in which the property will be re-inspected (minimum of 18 hours).
3) The property will be re-inspected. If it is still in non-compliance, it will be scheduled for abatement.
Tonight the entire process for 2009/10 will be presented to Council. That process is as follows:
1. When a complaint is filed or a property is found to be in violation of the snow
ordinance, a notice will be hung on the front door of the dwelling. It will note the
date/time posted and the date in which the property will be re-inspected, (minimum 18
hours). The notice will be a carbon copy and the original will be retained by staff.
2. Upon re-inspection, if it is found that the responsible party has not complied with the
notice, the property will be scheduled for abatement.
3. When a group of properties have been compiled they will be added to an abatement
list that is manageable for both the contractor and city staff.
4. Photographs of the properties in violation will be taken prior to the abatement taking
5. Properties that have been completed by the contractor will be re-inspected by staff at
the end of the same day.
6. When snow/ice has been satisfactorily removed by the contractor, the responsible
party will be invoiced for the work that was performed at their property.
It’s not bad. The only thing I would revise would be Step #2. I’d change it to the following:
2) Upon re-inspection, if it is found that the responsible party has not complied with the
notice, the property will be scheduled for abatement, and a civil infraction will be issued.
Voice your concerns tonight at City Hall walking in a winter wonderland.