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Sparta council to consider stricter snow-clearing rules
Sparta council to consider stricter snow-clearing rules

SPARTA, Mich.—   People living in Sparta may soon have less time to clear the snow from their sidewalks and nearby hydrants.

On Monday, Jan. 13, the village council will review a proposed ordinance amendment changing the way residents are notified to clear snow.  Village Manager Martin Super says under the current ordinance, ticketing a resident for failing to remove snow from nearby sidewalks can take up to a month.  Under the proposed amendment, the entire process would take four to five days.

Super says the changes include allowing the village to mail a warning to residents to clean up the snow.  Property owners would then have 48 hours to clean up the sidewalks and any nearby hydrants.  If they fail to do so, they could get a citation. The amendment also empowers the fire department to give notices and write up citations for snow-covered sidewalks and hydrants.

Super says the changes are being proposed so the village’s rules are more in line with other area communities.  He says issues with the current ordinance came to light when the village’s code and ordinance enforcement officer started working full time Jan. 1.

Super says this will be the first time the amendment is introduced to the village council, but they may still vote on the changes, which have been reviewed by a city attorney. Monday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. inside the Sparta Township Chamber.