Residents complain of snow covered sidewalks - WNEM TV 5

TOUGH QUESTIONS

Residents complain of snow covered sidewalks

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Those unplowed streets aren't the only way snow is creating problems in Mid-Michigan.

Uncleared sidewalks are forcing people to walk in the streets, making it dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians.

It's a startling image as two young kids walk on a busy road, heading home from the grocery store because they're unable to walk on the sidewalk.

Nukila Jones says she has no choice but to walk in the street near Hess Street and Sheridan Avenue on Saginaw's east side.

TV5 cameras repeatedly caught people in this area forced to walk in the street because sidewalks weren't shoveled. Not only a danger for them but also for drivers.

TV5 took the tough questions to the city. Chief inspector John Stemple told TV5 a city ordinance says residents are responsible for shoveling the sidewalks in front of their homes.

We wanted to know about city property? We found two city bridges with un-shoveled walkways.

Stemple says this year's snowfall is making clean-up harder than previous years and they prioritize with areas with the most pedestrian traffic first, like city hall and state buildings.

Another problem people are having, they are walking down the sidewalk that has been nicely shoveled by the homeowner who's following the law, but then they get to a spot which is an abandoned property and it's not shoveled forcing them out in to the street.

The city said they have no answer for vacant or abandoned property because most of it is owned by the landbank or in the hands of the county treasurer.

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