Now that winter is finally showing up somewhat, the City of Grand Rapids is reminding residents to clear sidewalks of snow. If you don't, you could get penalized. 

According to a press release, city ordinance requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent their property within 24 hours of snowfall.

If you don't, people can file a complaint against you on the city's website or by calling 3-1-1 (616-456-3000).

If you get cited for non-compliance, you have 48 hours to clear the sidewalk. If the sidewalk remains in violation, a city contractor will clear the sidewalk and the property owner will be charged a $95 administrative fee plus a $25 for every fifteen minutes of labor.

Last winter, the City of Grand Rapids received 2,754 complaints and was ultimately forced to clear 393 of those.

City Communications Director Steve Guitar said,

“Shoveled sidewalks contribute to the livability of our neighborhoods by providing year-round mobility options for all residents, especially those who are not able to drive or who chose not to drive. Promptly clearing snow and ice keeps our pedestrian network safe and accessible in the winter months, particularly for seniors, children, and those with disabilities, so that all people can get to work, school, healthcare, shopping, and places of worship.”