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.
City Planner Teresa Gillotti says with Ypsilanti trying to be a walkable city, snow on sidewalks can be a problem.
Gillotti says she checked with a number of surrounding communities, and found that most give property owners 12 to 24 hours to clear snow.
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.
The ordinance is expected back for a second reading an final approval at council's next meeting.