Potterville wants snow ordinance change

Posted at 9:02 AM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 09:02:56-05

Gregoria Earl sweeps the dusting of snow away from her sidewalk, because otherwise,

"We all got slapped with them, they just went around slapping every house with a fine," Earl said.

The week after Christmas, she got a notice from the city: $100 fine for not clearing less than an inch of snow.

"It was very light," Earl said. "It was not that bad."

Then last week, another one, only a few hours after it snowed.

"You're living in fear now," she said, "cause if you leave and it snows, then what? You get slapped with a fine. And I can't afford $100 every other week."

Her neighbor, Amy Shafor, got the same notice.

"This is wrong," Shafor says. "It's wrong for everybody that lives in this town."

Potterville's snow ordinance says homeowners can't leave snow on the sidewalk in front of their house for more than 24 hours.

Shafor and her neighbors went to the city council about the fines last week, and even though the council agreed to review the ordinance, the next day, another dusting and another fine.

The city manager tells us the city is reviewing the ordinance next week, and that the city can fine people $100 because according to the city's code of ordinance, any fee that's not specified in each ordinance is automatically $100.

And unless the review committee agrees to change the ordinance, Potterville will keep having to pay $100 per dusting.