Solution for Downtown Snow Removal
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:19:51 EST
A reoccurring issue in the downtown Alpena area may have found a solution.
Snow removal from sidewalks has caused problems for those doing business downtown.
During winter months, many customers have complained that they avoid shopping downtown because they can't get out of their cars to access businesses which lose revenue. Property owners are responsible for keeping those areas clear of snow and some do, others don't.
Various plans have been tried in the past without much success. But a recent plan seems to have been favorably accepted by many in the downtown business area.
In the plan, officials from the City of Alpena will notify Downtown Development Executive Director Anne Gentry when they will be able to remove the snow 48 hours in advance. She in turn will notify business owners when the plows will come through. Business people then will be allowed to place snow that evening into the streets, and city crews will remove it.
Those who have no where to place the snow are urged to take advantage of the plan so snow does not accumulate between the street and sidewalk. Those who already pay for snow removal to an offsite location, do not need to participate.
This snow removal option is only during certain authorized periods when the city is allowing downtown properties to push snow from the sidewalks onto the street for removal. In years past, business/ property owners were prohibited from doing this, even if they had no place to haul snow.