Join us in Bronson Park on Friday, November 23 for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. including live music, crafts, hot chocolate, visits with Santa, and other holiday fun. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is always free, and everyone is welcome to join the fun! Hop on the Holly Jolly Trolley afterwards for dinner and a fun night out in Downtown Kalamazoo!
Clear sidewalks are an important element in providing safe travel for residents during snowfall events. The Kalamazoo City Code of Ordinances requires property owners or occupants to remove snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their properties in a timely fashion. Maintaining clear sidewalks is also a courtesy to your neighbors and to all those in our community who rely on sidewalks. Please assist neighbors and relatives who may have difficulty removing snow. If you have a concern regarding the lack of sidewalk snow removal more than 48 hours after the end of an accumulation greater than one inch, please report locations which may be of concern online here or by calling (269) 337-8215.
- The owner or occupant of any property within the City shall remove any accumulation of snow or rubbish from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting, or adjoining such property within 48 hours of its accumulation or placement on said public sidewalk.
- The owner or occupant of any property within the City shall remove any accumulation of ice or otherwise make safe by the application of sand, salt, sawdust, or similar material in such manner and quantity to prevent it from being slippery from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting, or adjoining such property within 12 hours of its accumulation and thereafter remove such ice as soon as practicable.
- Any person in violation of this section shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a fine of $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense committed within six months of a first offense, and $200 for a third or subsequent offense committed within six months of a first offense, and any costs imposed by the court.
- It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit or cause to be deposited any accumulation of snow or ice from roofs of buildings, publicly or privately owned parking lots, drive-in service places and other off-street areas, upon any street, alley, sidewalk or crosswalk. Snow naturally falling on a public right-of-way may be deposited in the area between the curb and sidewalk.
- A person in violation of this section shall be responsible for a municipal civil infraction and subject to a fine of $100, and any costs imposed by the court.
- If any occupant or owner shall neglect or fail to remove ice, snow or rubbish from the public sidewalk adjacent, abutting or adjoining his/her property within the time allowed or shall otherwise permit ice, snow or rubbish to accumulate on such public sidewalk, the City Manager or the designee of the City Manager may cause the ice, snow or rubbish to be cleared at the expense of such occupant or owner. The expense of removal and its associated administrative fee shall become a debt owed to the City from the occupant or owner of such property and shall be collected as any other debt to the City, and if not paid within 30 days after billing, shall become a lien in favor of the City against the said benefited property. The lien shall be assessed the same as real property taxes are assessed and levied.
- Property owners and occupants will be given notice of §§ 33-18 through 33-20 in November of each year through a public posting in a public newspaper of general circulation in the City and on the webpage maintained by the City. These will be the only required public notices given for §§ 33-18 through 33-20
The Draft Complete Streets Policy is now available for review here. The Complete Streets Policy is intended to provide for safe and convenient access to all parts of the City by respecting the needs, capabilities and limitations of all users of City rights-of-way, including but not limited to pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, emergency, freight and commercial vehicle operators. The Policy will align street design, reconstruction, and maintenance with 2025 Master Plan Street Types.
The City of Kalamazoo recognizes that all projects: new, maintenance, or reconstruction, are potential opportunities to apply Complete Streets design principles for the equity and safety of all users. The City will, to the maximum extent practical, design, construct, maintain, and operate all streets to provide for a comprehensive and integrated street network of streets, trails, and right-of way - for people of all ages and abilities throughout the city.
A public meeting will be held in November to discuss the draft plan before it is presented to the Planning Commission later that month. It is expected the Complete Streets Policy will be presented to the City Commission for approval in December. More information about the Complete Streets Policy can be found on the Imagine Kalamazoo website at www.imaginekalamazoo.com.