Uncleared Grand Haven sidewalks impassable

An uncleared sidewalk in Grand Haven. (Jan. 27, 2014)

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Haven residents were frustrated Monday because city sidewalks were covered in more than a foot of snow in some places — but the assistant city manager says he will look into the problem.

Chuck Hockenbraugh walks with a limp. With sidewalks covered in snow, he couldn’t get around.

“I don’t like it,” the Grand Haven resident said. “They need to do something about the sidewalks.”

Up and down US-31 in Grand Haven, the sidewalks were tough for anyone to navigate Monday. The snow from parking lots had been piled into mounds that reached all the way to the road. Residents had no option but to walk through it.

The city ordinance says sidewalks with three or more inches of snow must be cleared. But there were many areas with much more than that.

“I think somebody should get on the store owners and say, ‘Hey, it’s got to stop,'” Hockenbraugh said.

Grand Haven Assistant City Manager Sam Jansen said he will take action.

“I had that conversation with them. They both assured me they would get out there immediately to address the issue,” Jansen said.

The businesses were given 12 hours to clear the sidewalks. A McDonald’s, a Russ’s and Preferred Ford said they will do it.

“Tomorrow around 3 or 4 (p.m.), I’ll contact those business owners again to make sure they are in compliance,” Jansen said.

If the businesses that don’t clear their sidewalks Wednesday, they could be fined.

The city said 24 Hour News 8 was the first to bring residents’ complaints about the US-31 area to them.

Grand Haven responds to residents’ complaints about uncleared sidewalks. To file a complaint, call the city’s planning department at 616.847.3490 and ask for the code enforcement officer.

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