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Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program Information By Sarah Bodensteiner, City Clerk The Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place at the Lansing Middle School Auditorium on Sun., Dec. 1, 2019. The event starts at 6 p.m., so mark your calendars! There will be performances by A Deere Place, Katie’s Dance Studio, and Lansing High School Sound Spectrum. The community is invited to participate in the ceremony. Before the evening ends, we will light the tree and sing some carols. This year, we will also have a 50/50 raffle, with 50% of the proceeds going to the winning ticket holder and the other 50% going to the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program. The City Clerk’s Office is gearing up for the 2019 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Pro-
gram. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program is a program for Lansing families in need during the holiday season. The City Clerk’s Office accepts applications from families starting in October, verifies residency and income eligibility status, and promotes the program through Angel Tree Tags and donation jars at various locations in Lansing. This program provides participating families with non-perishable food items, a gift card for groceries, coats, clothing and toys for the children. We are also fortunate that Lansing Correctional Facility can provide many of these children with bicycles through their Bike Program. If you would like more information about the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Program or the Tree Lighting Ceremony, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 913-727-3036.
Lansing Snow Ordinance As the leaves begin to change, we are reminded that winter is coming. At this time of year, the city of Lansing would like to remind property owners or occupants of property within Lansing of the snow ordinances and each person’s responsibility for the clearing of public sidewalks adjacent to his or her property. Per Section 14-112 of the City Code: It shall be the responsibility of the property owner of record or the occupant of property immediately adjacent to a public sidewalk on public right-of-way to remove from the sidewalk any snow or ice which accumulates on such sidewalk or obstructs such sidewalk within twenty-four (24) hours after the storm ceases. Where the ice accumulated is of such character as to make removal thereof impossible, the sprinkling or placement of sand and deicer thereon within the time specified for removal in such a manner as to make such sidewalk safe for travel of pedestrians shall be deemed compliant with the provisions of this section. In the case of any property owner of record or occupant refusing or neglecting to comply with the provisions of subsection above for a period of forty-eight (48) hours, and after a verified inspection of a public complaint of such non-compliance, inspection personnel of the Code Enforcement Department shall notify the occupant of the violation(s) and if the occupant is not the
property owner of record, the Department shall deliver or mail a written notice of violation to the property owner of record ordering the prompt removal of the snow or ice. Failure to remove the snow or ice within twenty-four (24) hours after notice of violation has been delivered to the occupant, or if unoccupied, 48 hours after the notice of violation has been mailed to the property owner of record, may result in the citation of the property owner of record or occupant pursuant to subsection below. Violation of the provisions of this ordinance shall be considered a municipal offense and upon an adjudication of “guilty,” the violator shall be fined $20.00. Each day of a continuing violation, beginning with the day after the storm ceases, shall be deemed a separate offense. When shoveling private driveways, please remember to shovel the snow to the sides of the driveway instead of out to the street. The city snowplows are designed to push snow back off the roadway and it will deposit back onto your driveway. Also, if snow is placed into the streets after the plows have completed their routes, this is considered a hazard, and could result in a vehicle losing traction, potentially causing a crash. Also, please keep in mind the parking rules for major snow events. The ordinances state when snow has accumulated on the street to such a depth that snow removal operations
will be required, the following will be enforced. The Mayor, City Administrator, or in their absence, the Chief of Police may declare a traffic emergency and until such traffic emergency is terminated, it shall be unlawful: • To park a vehicle on any street designated an emergency snow route. • To operate a motor vehicle on any
emergency snow route in such manner or condition that such motor vehicle stalls and is unable to proceed by reason of the fact that the driving wheels are not equipped with tire chains or adequate allweather tires. • The Chief of Police, during a traffic emergency, is empowered to waive or suspend enforcement of parking restrictions. Emergency Snow routes are posted with street signs showing their designation, and you can also find a map of the snow routes in the links under the Public Works Department: https://www.lansingks.org/5/PublicWorks. All vehicles parked on emergency snow routes must be removed within one hour after notice of traffic emergency has been given. Any vehicle parked on an emergency snow route after such period of time may be removed by a police officer to the nearest garage or other place of safety and the vehicle may not be recovered until the towing and storage charges are paid by or for the owner. Please keep in mind, although your street may not be on the emergency list, it does help to move vehicles elsewhere until crews have finished snow removal on your street. Questions? Please call Lansing Public Works at 913-727-2400.