Snow Removal http://wemu.org en Ypsilanti Snow Removal Ordinance Features Shorter Grace Period, Lower Fine for First Offense http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-snow-removal-ordinance-features-shorter-grace-period-lower-fine-first-offense <p>If you got a ticket in Ypsilanti after our latest round of snow, it's because you didn't clear your sidewalk within the required trimeframe.</p><p></p><p></p><p>City Planner Teresa Gillotti says the grace period for clearing snow is shorter this year than it was last year, "to try and keep the sidewalks clear sooner rather than later". The city now gives residents and business owners 24 hours to clear snow, as opposed to 48 hours.</p><p>Fines for first offenses have also been reduced from $50 to $15.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:59:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 42752 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Snow Removal Ordinance Features Shorter Grace Period, Lower Fine for First Offense More Snow is Good News for Snow Removal Businesses http://wemu.org/post/more-snow-good-news-snow-removal-businesses <p>One sector of the local business community that probably doesn't mind all the snow we've had this winter is snow removal.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Justin Brown owns Simple Lawns in Ypsilanti, which has been in business since last spring.&nbsp; He says the snow has kept him extremely busy.</p><blockquote><p>"Seems like every week, you know, we're out and about doing snow plowing," Brown says. "Haven't really caught much of a break."</p></blockquote><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:52:45 +0000 Bob Eccles 42723 at http://wemu.org More Snow is Good News for Snow Removal Businesses Washtenaw County Road Commission spends 20 percent of its Budget on Storm Cleanup http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-road-commission-spends-20-percent-its-budget-storm-cleanup <p>The Washtenaw County Road Commission spent $565,000 - one fifth of its budget - to clear snow and maintain roads during the severe weather earlier this month.</p><p>Nearly 3000 tons of salt and sand were dumped onto roads, and plow crews and other road personnel worked non-stop for five days to make sure the roads remained clear.</p><p>Washtenaw County Road Commission DIrector of Operation Jim Harmon says costs generated so far this season will not affect services going forward. He says the cost of cleaning up from a storm of that size is not unusual.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:42:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 40509 at http://wemu.org Ypsi City Council approves First Reading of Snow Removal Changes http://wemu.org/post/ypsi-city-council-approves-first-reading-snow-removal-changes <p>Ypsilanti property owners would have 24 hours instead of 48 to clear snow from their sidewalks under an ordinance approved on first reading Tuesday night by city council.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>City Planner Teresa Gillotti says with Ypsilanti trying to be a walkable city, snow on sidewalks can be a problem.</p><p>Gillotti says she checked with a number of surrounding communities, and found that most give property owners 12 to 24 hours to clear snow.&nbsp;</p><p>The ordinance approved by city council also calls for giving violators one warning per season, rather than one warning each time there’s an inch or more of snow, as the law is currently written.</p><p>The ordinance is expected back for a second reading an final approval at council's next meeting.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 05:42:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 37975 at http://wemu.org Ypsi City Council approves First Reading of Snow Removal Changes