No matter how beautiful you think the snow is, you can be sure that most people with disabilities prefer mild temperatures and light precipitation during the winter months. Probably the most important resource we have, our support systems, get stretched to the breaking point this time of year even under the mildest weather. Most of us realize how important you are to our continued independence and don’t want to go to the well too often to ask for help.
Those of us that are from Michigan know that it is wise to keep the shovels handy and the snow blower gassed up and ready. It is only a matter of time before the white and ice arrive. It is important to remember that the City of Jackson residents are required to clear sidewalks to a minimum of 3 ft. in width adjacent to their property when more than four inches of snow accumulates. The ordinance also authorizes the city to remove snow and ice that is a threat to public safety at the property owner expense, sometimes without written or verbal warnings.
If a property owner is unable to clear their own driveway or sidewalk there are sometimes options including volunteers. It's important to let the city or your local municipality know when you have a problem. They can sometimes work out a solution or help you come up with a plan of action. In the city of Jackson you can call (517) 788-4170 or visit their website for more information www.cityofjackson.org. Call your local government to see if they have similar solutions to snow and ice issues for Seniors or those with disabilities.
City of Jackson Snow Removal Code at a Glance
- Persons living in or the owner of any home within the City limits shall clear ice and snow from sidewalks.
- The clearance ice and snow shall be at least 36 in wide and the entire length of the sidewalk in front of the owner’s home.
- Snow 4 in. deep or more shall be cleared from sidewalk within 24 hours after snowfall stops.
- Any amount of ice shall be cleared from sidewalk immediately after storm producing the ice has stopped.
- If ice or snow is not cleared from such sidewalk per City code the City will move snow or ice and charge the owner at least $35 or the actual cost of removal whichever is greater.
(Code 1977 & 4.47; ordinance number 2001.17 & 2, 8-14-01)