Grand Haven businesses clear sidewalk

A cleared sidewalk in Grand Haven. (Jan. 28, 2014)
A cleared sidewalk in Grand Haven. (Jan. 28, 2014)

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Haven businesses have cleared their sidewalks after 24 Hour News 8 contacted the city.

Monday, the snow was nearly waist-deep on some stretches of sidewalk along US-31 in Grand Haven. Residents said they couldn’t get through.

“A lot of people have to walk down those roads and if they can’t walk on the road, especially the main road, you’ll get killed,” Grand Haven resident Mark Tier said.

So 24 Hour News 8 contacted Assistant City Manager Sam Jansen. He said he would call the McDonald’s and Preferred Ford car dealership responsible for clearing the sidewalks.

They were given until 4 p.m. Tuesday to clear the snow — and they did it.

McDonald’s cleared the walkway by noon and the Preferred Ford did so by 2 p.m.

The businesses said they didn’t know it was their responsibility to clear the sidewalks. Now they know, so the walks should stay clear.

“You make a difference and that’s good,” Tier said.

Grand Haven residents can file a sidewalk complaint by calling the city’s planning department at 616.847.3490 and asking for the code enforcement officer.

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